I don’t know about you, but this week has been pretty rough. It just feels like everybody is being drowned in bullsh-t, gossip-wise, politically, environmentally. Last night I rode out a massive storm which left a good chunk of Virginia underwater. My nerves are in tatters, I’m tired and I just needed something cathartic. This was that something.
Andy Murray shut down his 2017 season after a hip issue got progressively worse throughout the 2017 Wimbledon tournament. He tried to just rest his body and do physical rehab on the issue for about five months, then in January of this year, he had hip surgery. He spent another five months rehabbing after the surgery and he was reportedly very frustrated about the length of time it was taking his body to recover. He tried to make a comeback for the grass season, where he only won one match and then canceled his plan to play Wimbledon. He decided to try to make a comeback for the American hardcourt swing, choosing to play in Washington DC at the Citi Open.
The Citi Open has been rained out for hours every single day, which has pushed back play until late in the evening. Andy won his first two matches earlier this week, which were great, emotional wins. And then early this morning, after 3 am EST, Andy won his third match in a row and his third epic three-set encounter. After he won, he actually sat there and wept into a towel for a several minutes. This video actually cuts out while he’s still crying!
It has been an emotional rollercoaster for him. I don’t believe Andy came to Washington thinking that he would make it more than one or two matches. He’s gutted it out though and gotten better with each match and now he’s into the quarterfinals. It’s been a messy, emotional comeback and I’m always here for a grown man who weeps at 3 am in front of dozens of autograph-seekers. Bless him.
PS… I’ve also found it quite cathartic to listen to the old Murray grumble-mumble while he’s on court. He’s been talking to himself A LOT and some of it has been obscene. I missed him.
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