Andy Murray: World #2?

And so the US Open is under way.  Great British hope Andy Murray’s self-confessed “favourite Grand Slam”.   Well it should be, he made the final last year – his best Grand Slam performance to date.

What’s niggling me is Murray’s world number two ranking and subsequent corresponding seeding in New York.  Does anyone genuinely believe he’s better than Rafael Nadal?

It’s doubtful Murray believes it.

One of the most oft recited Murray-stats is his impressive head-to-head record against rejuvenated #1 Roger Federer.  The pair have met nine times on the circuit, the Scotsman winning six of them.

Murray and Nadal have also played one another nine times.  Murray has won just twice.

For those of you assuming most of those defeats must have been on Nadal’s favoured clay surface – there were just two on the orange dirt.

Rankings shake-up

The ATP tennis rankings need a shake-up.  That much should already be clear from the bizarrely scewed women’s rankings which see the Grand Slam-less Dinara Safina sitting atop the rankings pile.

The protected ranking system can aid an injured player but Nadal’s tendinitis, sidelining him for a mere four months doesn’t fit the bill.  The injury must be a minimum of six months long.

Therefore, one the sport’s leading all time Grand Slam winners, still only 23 (just a year older than Murray), finds himself ranked and seeded behind the Scotsman this week.

Don’t get me wrong – as a massive fan of British tennis, I’d be delighted to see Murray prove the rankings right by making another US Open final – but the numbers just don’t add up.

What is Thoughtsport?

Thoughtsport is a new blog – but reading this you already knew that.

This blog will cover everything sporting – though mostly football (soccer to those outside the UK) and cricket – with the occasional bit of tennis, F1 or whatever else takes my fancy.

Why?  Well – I was bored of reading the same old stories from the same old people.  Journalists have papers to sell so hype-up even the smallest story to an irritatingly needless degree.

Sports TV have hours of screen-time to fill so repeat themselves over and over and over…

And worst of all – all sports journalists have careers to think about:  friends to make and, more importantly, keep.  They cannot say what they really think; ask what the question we’re all thinking – when they know a step in the wrong direction means a trip to Coventry from the agents/PRs/players?

The aim with Thoughtsport is the elevate comment on sport above the screaming tabloid headlines and ‘Sensational exclusives’ to something more considered, more cerebral and with more thought.

More thought on sport.  We’d love to hear what you think too.