Huge pressure on the players

MR Nigel Blair’s letter expressing his views on Andy Murray brings to mind the words ‘pot’ and ‘kettle’ judging by its somewhat vicious and abusive tone.

He accuses Andy Murray of displaying hatred while expressing his own capacity to hate Murray in successive paragraphs.

I met Andy Murray briefly at the County tennis at Devonshire Park and found him to be a polite and courteous young man.

Mr Blair should understand that playing in the major ATP and Grand Slams tournaments is not like a Sunday afternoon’s croquet at Saffrons.

There is huge pressure on players and we should be proud that we have in Murray someone who can compete at this level and who has the ability to attain a world ranking of No. 4.

Mr Blair mentions the elegance of Federer and Nadal.

However, both these players have, in the past, had their on-court behavioural problems and continue to do so from time to time.

Even Tim Henman was affected by the strain of playing top level sport when in 1995, he became the first player ever to be disqualified from Wimbledon, following a fit of pique on court.

So, try to relax Mr Blair and enjoy the spectacle of British sports stars competing with the world’s best and achieving high rankings, warts and all.

Tony Holland

Cranborne Avenue