Murray, Barcelona, Masters and 2012 (English, Spanish & Italian)

20 11 2011

Today started the London Masters, I’m sitting here in my academy, the Academia Sánchez-Casal, trying to remember moments that could be interesting to you about the staying of Andy in Barcelona with us. I would like to show you the kid who came here to Sánchez-Casal in 2003 and his tremendous development towards success. He arrived one day with his mother, she had an amazing confidence in herself and she truly believed in her child, unlike him, that seemed filled up with doubts. I remember that boy that barely looked at you, who was scared to come to a strange country, to start a new adventure; but the tennis courts, which are where he would spend so many hours, are the same everywhere, inside the court the frontiers disappear, and this explains his rapid adaptation to the new place. When you saw him he looked anything but a tennis player, and it was when you got in the court with him when you realized his talent.
His mother, Judy, a former tennis player who at that time was coaching a group of young players in her country, despite she was working for the UK Tennis Federation she had very clear that she should take Andy away from the UK tennis environment where he was in, and get him away from the pressure of the UK media; Judy wanted Andy to be one more of the group, not a different one, she wanted him to get mixed smoothly with the other players with a high tennis level. Furthermore, she wanted her son to move like the Spaniards on the court, to make him become a gladiator on the court, and she knew Spain was the best place to learn it. Judy chose Sánchez-Casal convinced that here we would give her child everything he needed.
The first time I played with him, it appeared on the court a really skinny kid, tall and lanky, with the legs set together and looking down. I tried to make a sharp comment to impress him, but his short and quick answer made me think; here is something, I thought, he has character. Then we started to rally on the baseline; he did not do anything special, his strokes looked pretty normal. What a pity, I thought. But I like to evaluate the players in the match. I tried to motivate him by challenging him, so I asked Andy if he dared to play a set against me, and he answered: “I thought you would not dare!”. This little boy really believes it, I thought, and I got to work.
We started to play. I would beat him for sure, I thought. I changed him ball heights and he responded well, I attacked and he defended even better, I brought him forward and he volleyed easily, he had some difficulties running to the drop shots but he was explosive and he would learn it, his serve was not very powerful but the execution was almost perfect, when he would get stronger he would serve really well. The truth is that I got very impressed, Andy had something special, and furthermore he was a winner. When he would learn to channel well the energies, he would be tremendously tough on the court. I would rather not say the final result of our match…
That day I left home with a smile on my face; if we could give that kid the fundamentals of the Spaniard tennis player he would be spectacular. In addition, in the few days he was with us he already showed great companionship and humility; if we could get him to work in a continuous manner, he would improve a lot. This was the most difficult thing, to get him used to the routines; sometimes we had to get him out of his room to train, other times we had to chase him and almost push him to train. Since we are not born learned, he had to get used to the hardness. However, when he went to the tournaments he was able to take out the best of himself, this part so difficult to teach, for him it was innate.
If we analyze it today, we realize that after all those years Andy still maintains all the exceptional aspects of his game, he is very aggressive with his serve and dominates his opponents, and the more you force him the better he defends. If he is be able to be consistent with this aggressiveness in the Grand Slams, as he has been doing lately in the ATP tournaments, for sure we would have the first Englishman who wins a Slam since Fred Perry. I am among those who defend Andy’s progression and his potential for further improvement. Also, we have to keep in mind that Andy has to deal with the two best players of the history, Nadal and Federer, and when occasionally they have not been there and Andy had the opportunity to shine, then appears this Djokovik almost better than the best two. On one side, I believe it is a fortune to succeed in tennis in such a wonderful time like the present, coinciding with the best players in the history, which force the others to bring up their level. However, on the other side it can also be considered a bad luck, because, despite the high level of Andy, it is really difficult for him to achieve a Grand Slam title.
In the 2012 I am sure that in the big tournaments Andy will be strong against his three main rivals. His moment has arrived, and in the Masters, which takes place in his country this week, if the pressure does not betray him, Andy could be the first candidate to the title.
To conclude, I want to emphasize that, although Andy has reached the top in tennis, he has always maintained a nice relationship with his companions of the Academy. He is a good friend of his friends, he is loyal and good hearted. He has invited most of his friends to big tournaments, and still maintains contact with the rest. In addition, he traveled almost two years with Carlos Mier, his roommate in Sánchez-Casal, and now his coach is Dani Vallverdú, which was his closest friend here in the Academia. They are his close people, Andy found them here and he continues with them, and this says a lot about him.
Today I can only thank him for being the way he is, because Andy, since he left to continue his journey by himself, he has always remembered the Academia and all of us, and we can only be more than grateful as he has been about his staying here. In Sánchez-Casal we cannot ask for more, the fact that such a champion, a role model, an idol as he is, remembers his stay in Barcelona as one of the best periods of his life fills me up with pride and satisfaction. All those who shared his growth and development here at the Academia, admire him enormously and we know that soon he will fulfill his dream.

Andy Murray en Barcelona, el Master y el 2012

Acaba de empezar el Master de Londres del 2011, me encuentro aquí sentado en mi Academia, en Sánchez-Casal, intentando recordar momentos que os puedan interesar sobre la estancia de Andy en Barcelona con nosotros; me gustaría enseñaros al Andy que llegó aquí a Sánchez-Casal en el 2003 y su tremenda evolución hacia el éxito. Llegó un día con su madre, ella estaba segurísima de sí misma, al revés que él, que era todo dudas. Recuerdo  aquel niño que casi ni te miraba, que estaba como asustado de llegar a un país extraño, de iniciar una nueva aventura; pero las pistas de tenis, que es donde pasaría muchas horas, son iguales en todas partes, dentro de la pista las fronteras desaparecen, y de ahí su rápida adaptación al nuevo lugar. Lo veías y tenía pinta de cualquier cosa menos de tenista, y es cuando te metías en la pista con él cuando te dabas cuenta de su talento.

Su madre Judy, ex tenista que en ese momento trabajaba con los jugadores jovencitos de su país, aún y trabajando para la Federación de Tenis de UK tenía clarísimo que debía sacar a Andy del ambiente que respiraba en Inglaterra, alejarlo de la presión de la prensa inglesa, quería que Andy fuese uno más del grupo, que no fuese diferente, que se mezclara con los otros jugadores de nivel. Además, debía conseguir que su hijo se moviese en la pista como los españoles, que se convirtiera en un gladiador en la pista, y sabía que España era el mejor sitio para ello. Judy apostó por la Academia convencida de que aquí le daríamos todo lo que su hijo necesitaba.  

La primera vez que jugué con él, me apareció en la pista un niño flaquísimo, alto, desgarbado, con las piernas juntas, que miraba al suelo. Yo intente hacerle algún comentario para impresionarle pero su respuesta me dejó pensativo; aquí hay algo, pensé, tiene carácter. Entonces nos pusimos a pelotear, no hacía nada especial, golpes normales, qué pena, pensé. Pero como a mí me gusta medir a los jugadores en el partido, volví a intentar despertarle, retándole. Le pregunté si se atrevía a jugar un set, y él me respondió: “¡pensaba que tú no te atreverías!”. Este renacuajo se lo cree, pensé, y me puse las pilas.

Empezamos a jugar. Le gano seguro, pensaba yo. Le cambiaba alturas y él respondía, le atacaba y se defendía mejor todavía, le traía hacia adelante y él voleaba con facilidad, le costaba correr a las dejadas pero era explosivo y aprendería, no sacaba muy fuerte pero la ejecución era casi perfecta, cuando se  pusiese fuerte sacaría muy bien. La verdad es que me quedé impresionado, tenía algo especial, además era ganador y cuando canalizase las energías sería durísimo. Mejor no digo como quedamos…

Aquel día, me iba hacia casa con una media sonrisa; si lográbamos darle a ese chico los valores básicos del tenista español sería espectacular. Además, en los pocos días que llevaba con nosotros ya había mostrado su compañerismo, su humildad, y si conseguíamos que trabajase de forma continua mejoraría muchísimo. Esto es lo que más nos costó, que se acostumbrase a las rutinas, en ocasiones debíamos subir a las habitaciones a buscarlo para que entrenase, otras veces perseguirlo y casi obligarle, y como no nacemos aprendidos, él debía acostumbrarse a la dureza. Pero cuando iba a los torneos es cuando sacaba lo mejor de sí mismo, esa parte tan difícil de enseñar la tenía innata.  

Si hoy lo analizamos, nos damos cuenta que después de estos años Andy sigue manteniendo todo lo excepcional de su juego, es muy agresivo con su servicio y domina a sus rivales, y cuanto más le fuerzan mejor se defiende. Si en los Slams consiguiese mantener la constancia con esa agresividad como ha hecho las últimas semanas en los torneos ATP, tendríamos casi seguro el primer inglés que gane un gran torneo desde Fred Perry. Yo soy de los que defiende su progresión y su potencial para seguir mejorando. Además, debemos tener en cuenta que le ha tocado vivir con los dos mejores tenistas de la historia, Nadal y Federer, y cuando en alguna ocasión ellos no han estado y Andy ha tenido oportunidad, entonces  se encuentra con un Djokovic casi superior a los dos mejores. Por una parte, pienso que es una suerte triunfar en el tenis en una época tan maravillosa como la actual, coincidiendo con los mejores jugadores de la historia, que obligan a subir el nivel a los demás, aunque por otra parte es mala suerte porque, a pesar del altísimo nivel de Andy, le es mucho más difícil conseguir un Grand Slam.

En el próximo 2012 estoy seguro de que en los torneos grandes Andy logrará plantar cara a sus tres mayores rivales;  ha llegado su momento y ya en este Masters que se disputa esta semana en su país, si no le traicionan los nervios y la presión, puede ser el primer candidato al triunfo.

Quiero terminar resaltando que, aunque él haya llegado a la cima, siempre ha tendido su mano  a sus ex compañeros de colegio y residencia de la Academia. Es muy amigo de sus amigos, es fiel y buena gente, ha invitado a casi todos sus amigos a grandes torneos y sigue manteniendo el contacto con el resto. Además, ha viajado casi dos años con Carlos Mier, su compañero de habitación en Sánchez-Casal, y ahora su coach es Dani Vallverdú, el que fuese su amigo del alma también aquí con nosotros. Ellos son sus personas cercanas, las encontró  aquí y sigue con ellos, y eso dice mucho de  él.

Yo sólo puedo agradecerle el ser como es, porque él, desde que inició su vuelo en solitario siempre se acordó de la Academia y de todos nosotros, sólo podemos estar más que agradecidos como él lo está de su estancia aquí. En Sánchez-Casal no podemos pedir más, un referente, un espejo, un modelo a seguir, un campeón como es él y que recuerde su estancia en Barcelona como una de las mejores etapas de su vida me llena de orgullo y satisfacción. Todos los que compartimos su crecimiento le admiramos y sabemos que pronto cumplirá su sueño.

Andy a Barcellona, il Masters e 2012

 Sono seduto alla mia Accademia, ricordando i momenti di grande interesse riguardo gli anni di Andy trascorsi con noi. Mi piacerebbe mostrarvi l’Andy che é arrivato a Barcellona da noi. Il ragazzo  arrivato alla Sanchez-Casal Accademia nell 2003 e la sua incredibile evoluzione cercando il successo.  

Andy un giorno é arrivato con sua madre, lei sicura di sé, al contrario, Andy aveva molti dubbi. Ricordo quel ragazzino che quasi non ti guardava, come se fosse spaventato di arrivare in uno strano paese e iniziare una nuova avventura. Peró i campi da tennis dove trancorreva molte ore, sono uguali dappertutto, e nei campi  le frontiere scompaiono, e poi il suo rapido adattamento al nuovo ambiente. Non aveva l’aspetto di un tennista, pero quando entrava in campo mostrava il suo talento.

Sua madre Judy, ex tennista lavorava con i giocatori  che avevano meno di 12 anni. Nel suo paese, lavorava anche per la LTA che era la federazione inglese. Lei era sicurissima che  doveva fare uscire Andy dall’ambiente che respirava in Ingilterra, allontanarlo dalla pressione della stampa inglese, voleva che Andy fosse uno in piú del gruppo, che non fosse differente, che si mescolasse con altri giocatori di livello.  Inoltre voleva che suo figlio imparasse a muoversi come i giocatori spagnoli, e che si trasformasse in un gladiatore dei campi. Pensava che la Spagna fosse il miglior luogo per lui. Scommisse per l’Accademia, convinta che li, noi avremmo dato tutto quello di cui Andy aveva bisogno.

La prima volta che ho giocato con lui l’ho guardato bene: era magrissimo, alto, molle, con le gambe vicine, e guardava tutto il tempo in basso. Ho provato di fargli qualche commento per impressionarlo e la sua risposta mi lasció molto pensieroso. Ho pensato: ha carattere e abbiamo inizziato a palleggiare. Non faceva niente di speciale, colpi normali, che peccato, pensai. Peró a me piace misurare i giocatori nella partita, ho riprovato a svegliarlo, a sfidarlo. Gli ho chiesto se avesse avuto il coraggio di giocare un set e la sua risposta mi colpí. Mi disse che  “non avrei avuto il coraggio di sfidarlo”.

Abbiamo iniziato a giocare. “Lo batto sicuramente”, ho pensato. Cambiavo altezza e lui rispondeva bene, lo attaccavo e lui si difendeva bene. Lo portavo in avanti e lui “voleava” con facilitá. Peró gli costava correre, ma era esplosivo ed ero sicuro che avrebbe imparato bene. Non serviva molto forte ma l’esecuzione era quasi perfetta e pensavo che quando sarebe diventato forte fisicamente, avrebbe servito molto bene. La veritá e che “sono rimasto sbalordito”, aveva qualcosa di spezziale, inoltre era vincente e quando avrebbe canalizzato le energie sarebbe diventato durissimo. “Non dico il risultato”…

Quel giorno tornando a casa avevo in viso un mezzo sorriso di compiacimento. Se daremo a questo ragazzo i valori dei giocatori spagnoli sará spettacolare. Inoltre, nei pochi giorni trascorsi con noi, aveva dimostrato il suo carattere, umiltá, e di essere un buon compagno, e se avese dimostrato di lavorare in modo continuo, sarebbe migliorato moltissimo. Questo é stato l’aspetto piú difficile, che si abituasse alla routine. Alcune volte dovevamo salire alle stanze a cercarlo perché si allenasse. Altre volte seguirlo e quasi obbligarlo. Avrebbe dovuto abituarsi alla discipplina e alla durezza del lavoro. Anzi, quando andava nei tornei usciva il meglio di sé. Quella parte, che é la piú difficile di imparare, l’aveva innata.

Se oggi lo analizziamo, ci rendiamo conto che dopo tutti questi anni ha sviluppato tutte le parti del suo gioco. É molto aggressivo con il servizio e domina i suoi avversari, e quanto piu lo attaccano, meglio si difende. Se, negli Slams mantenesse la costanza, la aggressivitá, come ha fatto nelle settimane dei tornei asiatici dell’Atp, avremmo quasi sicuramente il primo inglese che vince un gran torneo da Fred Perry. Io appartengo a quelli che difendono la sua progresione e il suo potenziale per battere i migliori. Inoltre, dobbiamo tenere in conto che ha  vissuto con due dei migliori tennisti della storia Nadal e Federer. E quando in qualche occasione loro non sono stati ed Andy ha avuto l’opportunitá si é trovato davanti Djokovic. Quasi superiore agli altri due. Da un lato penso che é una fortuna avere successo nell tennis in una epoca tanto meravigliosa come quella attuale. Coincidendo con i migliori giocatori della storia che obbligano a migliorare il livello degli altri. Anzi, dall’altro lato sfortunato malgrado l’altissimo livello di Andy, é molto piú difficile vincere lo Slam. Nel prossimo 2012, sono sicuro che nei grandi tornei, Andy sfiderá i suoi tre grandi rivali. E arrivato il suo momento,al  Masters che si disputano nel suo paese questa settimana, se non lo tradiscono i nervi potrá essere  il primo candidato al trionfo.

Voglio finire risaltando che anche arrivando al vertice, ha sempre teso la mano ai suoi ex compagni di scuola e ai residente dell’Accademia. É molto amico dei suoi amici, é fedele e buona persona. Ha invitato tutti i suoi amici ai tornei e segue mantenedo il contatto con gli altri. Inoltre ha viaggiato quasi due anni con Carlos Mier, suo compagno di stanza in Sanchez-Casal e adesso il suo coach é Dani Valverdú, il suo grande amico dell’epoca. Loro sono le persone a lui piú vicine e le ha incontrate qui e continua insieme  a loro e questo dice molto di come é lui.

Io solo posso ringraziarlo di essere come é. Perche lui da quando é iniziato il suo volo in solitario, ha sempre ricordato l’Accademia e tutti noi. Solo possiamo ringarziarlo come lui ha ringraziato sempre noi per il suo soggiorno qui. Alla Sanchez-Casal non possiamo domandare di piu. Un riferimento, uno specchio, un modello da seguire, un campione come é lui e che si ricorda sempre del tempo trascorso a Barcellona come una delle migliori tappe della sua vita. “Mi riempie di orgoglio e soddisfazione”. Tutti noi che abbiamo partecipato alla sua crescita, lo ammiriamo e sappiamo che presto realizzerá il suo sogno.

Traduzione Mark Bronz markbronz@gmail.com

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20 11 2011
lenathehyena

NIce blog and it’s great you think so much about Andy Murray’s talent and ability to win a Slam but unlike Perry, Andy is not English.

21 11 2011
David Hardisty

Thank you for such a nice blog post. It is a credit to both Andy and to your Academy!
David Hardisty, Lisbon, Portugal

21 11 2011
Oscar Montero Crespo

El caso de Murray sin duda confirma el prestigio y el buen hacer de la Academia con los chavales a todos los niveles. Felicidades por el post y el trabajo.
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21 11 2011
Anónimo

Gran post Emilio,como tu dices los que hemos estado cerca de Andy en su formacion en la academia hemos visto crecer a un campeon con sus cosas buenas y las menos buenas,yo tuve la suerte de poder viajar con el a una gira de torneos ITF y es realmente en competicion donde me di cuenta de que ese niño de 14 años era un autentico fenomeno,con mucho mucho caracter,en esos torneos coincidia con jugadores los cuales ahora estan arriba tambien,como Almagro,Del Potro,Tsonga,y recuerdo que habia cola para poder entrenar con el,en los partidos todos los chicos venian a verlo ya que era una delicia verlo jugar,tenia una dejada mortal,un reves que le da con los ojos cerrados y una vision de juego envidiable,jugaba los dobles con su amigo Dani Vallverdu,era muy compañero con todo el grupo,ayudaba y animaba como el que mas,grande Andy,luego el fue creciendo y volvi a coincidir en el US OPEN 2004 el cual gano de Junior,y la ultima vez que lo vi fue en el US OPEN 2008 ya consagrado entre los grandes,me lo encontre en el hotel y su saludo fue como la de aquel chico de 13 años que vino a la academia,se puso muy contento al verme,me pregunto por la academia,por los coaches de la academia,no habia cambiado nada,seguia igual de amigable con los suyos,grande Andy no cambies,y que consigas llegar a la cima mas alta posible.

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Ivan Lendl nuevo entrenadro de Andy,mucha suerte.

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