So...Andy hasn't won a set of tennis in almost two months. He hasn't won a match since beating Daveed in the Australian Open semifinals in January, and he's 0-3 since Melbourne. For the second straight tournament he lost in straight sets to an American wildcard, this time to #118 and Ashley Harkleroad's ex-hubby, Alex Bogomolov Jr, who to his credit, played very very very well.
Um...I'm going to let Andy do the talking:
I haven't found competing difficult. It's playing. I have been playing badly. You know, last week I was disappointed in myself. I could have competed better. This week I was competing. I was trying to get myself back into the match, trying to find ways, trying to run balls down, but I just didn't have that spark. Competing is something that I have been able to do well the last few years. It's not that. It's my game. My game was poor.
It's frustrating. A lot of players would get frustrated if they were playing the way that I have the last two weeks. Everyone would. I know for sure if any of the guys ahead of me in the rankings were playing like me they would be disappointed as well.
I believe in myself. I believe in myself. That's not an issue. But I need to find a way of...The same thing happened last year. It's happened to me in the past where I've had bad moments and I've come back well from them. I need to do the same again, because it's been bad.
That's why I'm pissed off, because I did the same thing last year and it's up to me and the guys I work with to not let that happen awgain. That's why I'm annoyed, because it shouldn't be happening. You now, this year I definitely practiced better than I did last year. I definitely trained better. And I've messed up. So I don't know exactly what it is, and, you know, it's obviously my responsibility. I'm the one on the court. If everything's going well on the practice court and the gym and I play like that, then it's something to do with me. So I need to change that.
I feel better than I did last year, but I feel like last year I was at least playing a bit better than I was this year. So I don't really know what that means, if mentally I feel better, but my tennis isn't where I'd like it to be. It's a difficult one.
And on the big elephant in the room, coaching:
I'll see when I have a bit of time to reflect on it. Last year it was one of those things where you need to sort of treat it properly because it's not -- you have no idea how I've been practicing, how things have been in the gym, and I do.
It's been good, and then what everyone sees is what's on the court, and that's me. It's my responsibility. So whether I get someone in or not, it's actually -- it's not -- it wouldn't be down to the last two mathes, because as a whole, you need to assess things properly.
It's not anyone's fault for giving me wrong tactics or practicing the wrong way. That's not the reason why I played like I did. So I'll have to think about it and see what I want to do. If I make a change, it won't be because of how I've played the last two matches.
I kind of want to shed a tear for him. Not because he lost or because he's playing like shit. Because he sounds completely lost.
And also because he's my boyfriend. Form an orderly queue, ladies. That drumstick is mine.
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