NEW YORK -- Reaction to a big Day 9 surprise and your mail ...
I'm already getting questions about why Murray doesn't face the same scrutiny for coming up short in majors that
But the knives will come out after this one. A favorite going into the Australian Open, Murray fell to
"I have to make sure I work on my game a lot to make sure that when I go into the Slams next year ... I'm ready to win one," Murray said.
• I wasn't dismissive of Nicole. From my perspective, I saw it differently, that's all. I agree that there is something over the top about the Oudin worship. Familiarity doesn't breed contempt; it breeds fawning. My point was simply that, despite some controversy, the Williams sisters were -- and are -- generally admired and well received.
• Honestly, this hasn't bothered me, especially against
• Thanks for the comestibles.
• I suspect tennis players are like musicians. You'd rather play in front of 2,500 rabid fans on the Grandstand than 2,500 fans scattered in cavernous stadiums.
• It all sounds so metaphysical. Presumably, "playing within oneself" means playing measured tennis and controlling your base instincts (i.e. taking too many risks, attempting shots with too great a level of difficulty). And presumably Kuznetsova's self-assessment was she was too measured and imprudently conservative. I suspect the moral here is this: Let's bury this cliche.
• Props to