ANDY MURRAY’S GAME ON THE MEND WHILE HEAD’S NEXT GEN PLAYERS LIFT MULTIPLE TROPHIES IN PARIS
HEAD Hero Andy Murray rescued a season which has not gone totally to plan as the ATP No. 1 put up a huge fight in a five-set semi-final battle at the French Open, a match considered by many to be one of the highlights of the season. The top seed, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Radical, eventually went down after four and a half hours 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5, 6-7(3), 1-6 to Stan Wawrinka, whom he had defeated a year ago at Roland Garros in the semis.
Murray, who has suffered with illness (shingles) and injury (elbow) this season after taking over the top ATP ranking at the end of 2016, remains optimistic that his game is on the mend. He points to the fact that he felt he improved with each match in Paris. "I'm proud of the tournament I had. I did well considering. I was one tiebreak away from getting to the final", said the Scot. "When I came here I was really struggling. I turned my form around really well and ended up having a good tournament."
The winner of three grand slam titles made only one unforced error in the first seven games against his Swiss opponent in the marathon showdown. The Scot also held the early lead two sets to one before being overhauled. "When you're 5-0 down and three breaks behind in the fifth set you're not that optimistic", Murray said. "I tried to keep fighting. This was a very high intensity match, a lot of long points. When you haven't been playing matches of four, four-and-a-half hours, that can catch up to you a little bit.”
"Hopefully I'll have a strong grass court season and try to understand what worked well this event and what worked well in the sort of 10 days in the buildup and the practice. I need to make sure not to make any mistakes with my preparation or my training, and hopefully I finish the year strong."
Nevertheless, HEAD made a winning impression in the junior events, with Australian Alexi Popyrin (HEAD Gaphene XT Prestige) beating Spanish-Austrian Nicola Kuhn 7-6(3), 6-3. HEAD's Zsombor Piros (HEAD Graphene XT Radical) from Hungary teamed with Kuhn in doubles to lift the title 6-4, 6-4 against American Vasil Kirkov and Danny Thomas (HEAD Graphene Touch Speed).
In girls doubles, Canadian Bianca Andreescu (HEAD Graphene Touch Speed) and partner Carson Branstine (HEAD Graphene XT Radical) produced a 6-1, 6-3 title win in 57 minutes over the Russian pair of Olesya Peruvushina and Anastasia Potapova.