Murray in war of words with Wade over 'drama queen' jibe

Jun 1, 2012

Scot defies crippling back spasm at French Open but gets criticised by former pros

ANDY MURRAY pulled off one of the "most remarkable" victories of his career at the French Open yesterday as he overcame a crippling back spasm to beat Jarkko Nieminen in four sets, having surrendered the first 6-1 after being rendered virtually immobile.

But the aftermath of his comeback was dominated by the criticism from former pros. By far the most hurtful came from fellow Brit Viginia Wade who sparked a major war of words with the Scot when she called him a "drama queen" and appeared to accuse him of overexaggerating his injury.

Other ex-players including Jim Courier and Boris Becker were rather less scathing when they suggested that Murray should have sacrificed his dreams of winning the French Open and retired, rather than risking further injury that could jeopardise his chances at Wimbledon or the Olympics.

Murray has suffered back problems all year and woke up on Thursday with a spasm, although it was not in the same area that has been troubling him. But after hobbling through practice he took the decision to play against Nieminen.

But he could hardly move during the first set and at one point was serving at below 70mph.

"The situation was so grim that his own support staff were shouting at him to get off the court and avoid any further escalation of the injury," reports The Daily Telegraph. "But Murray is one of the stubbornest men alive, stubborn enough to cling on to any chink of light. Amazingly, he turned things around, first by going for stone-cold winners off every stiff-legged shot, and then by gradually expanding the range of his movement as those recalcitrant muscles warmed up."

The crowd certainly appreciated his efforts, but not everyone was impressed. Eurosport summariser Virginia Wade sniffed: "I have more sympathy for the other guy as, honestly, you cannot play against someone who is being a drama queen." She followed that up by claiming that Murray "feels so sorry for himself he has no control over the fact he is not really acting in an adult way".

When confronted with the comments, Murray performed his second miracle of the day and kept his cool, although The Guardian noted that he was "he was red-lining just this side of apoplexy". He described Wade's remarks as "quite disappointing... You have people like that who always have to come out and say something controversial when, really, they should be supportive or maybe ask me a question first before commenting on it.

"I've known her since I was a really young kid. She used to do coaching stuff with my mum since I was a really young child. She has no idea what I was feeling on the court."

She may have been crossed off the Murray Christmas card list.

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Murray's not the type to milk an injury.... He's a far better tennis player than Ms Wade is a presenter. Just my opinion though.

I am thoroughly tired of turning on a sport - that's supposed to promote health and exercise - only to see the athletes strapped up, limping and injured as they play.  For tennis I suggest that in future, before the 4 grand slams and Olympics, all competitors should have to pass a basic fitness test.  If they fail - they're out.  If they become injured during the tournament they should have to be passed fit before each match or unless the injury has completely healed.  Furthermore, during a match, the umpire should have the authority to call on a doctor for his assessment  if the umpire thinks one of the players is too injured to continue.  If the doctor says you stop, you stop.  What happened WAS unfair to Niemennen.  And contrary to the opinion of the commentators, doesn't make good tv. 

I think all sports should monitor injured athletes far more closely. I'd like to see statutory stand down periods for certain injuries, so that if a group of experts reckon it takes 3 months to heal from an injury, then the athlete is out for 3 months if they suffer that injury.  If he/she's better in 2 months, then tough, you are still out and you can't compete.  Even if you miss the Olympics. It might encourage better planning and more care of athletes if they know the consequences of getting injured means they have to stop.

Sport is supposed to encourage people to live healthier life styles but these athletes don't seem to be very healthy or indeed good role models for following fitness regimes. 

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