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Andy Murray slams commentators who suggested tennis’s 16-year-old rising star Mirra Andreeva ‘isn’t strong enough mentally’

Andy Murray hit out at a commentator who criticised Mirra Andreeva’s mentality during her stunning comeback victory over Diane Parry in the third round of the Australian Open.
Teenager Andreeva, 16, staged a sensational fightback on Friday to bounce back from 5-1 in the deciding set to win 7-6, which included saving a match point.



After remaining in the game, she then clicked into gear and won six of the next seven games, eventually taking the tiebreak 10-5 to secure one of the best wins of her short career against all odds.
However, she was criticised by a commentator at 5-1 down for her ‘mental side of the game’ before Andreeva’s idol Murray leapt to her defence on social media after she secured the memorable victory.



‘Andreeva down 5-1 in third,’ the British legend posted on X. ‘Commentator “She really needs to work on mental side of her game.. she’s too hard on herself when she’s losing”. 30 minutes later 7-6 Andreeva wins.
Maybe the reason she turned the match round is because of her mental strength. Maybe she turned the match around because she is hard on herself and demands more of herself when she’s losing/playing badly? Winner.’
While the identity of the individual Murray was referring to is unknown, several pundits and commentators rushed to distance themselves from the claims.
ESPN analyst Rennae Stubbs, a former Australian player, replied to Murray’s tweet and said: ‘Wasn’t me mate.’



Meanwhile, BBC Sport, Eurosport and Amazon Prime broadcaster Catherine Whitaker responded directly to a question asking whether she had made the claims as she replied: ‘Nope’.
Murray was knocked out of the tournament in the first round on Monday, losing in straight sets to Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry. It is unclear whether he is back in the UK or watching the games on TV in Australia or elsewhere.
Murray’s defence of Andreeva came after the pair have formed a strong bond in recent times, with the 16-year-old revealing the three-time Grand Slam winner was her idol.



‘I met Andy Murray here,’ she said after her second round win over Barbora Krejcikova at Wimbledon last summer. ‘But I’m too shy to talk to him.
‘When I see him, I try to leave the facility super quick just to not to talk to him because I’m super shy!’
After Murray’s Aix-en-Provence ATP Challenger title in May last year, Andreeva also revealed she text the Scot to offer her congratulations.
‘I said congratulations,’ she said. ‘He actually answered me, so I was really happy about it. He said thank you, and good luck in Roland Garros. Maybe that’s why I’m playing that good now.’
When questioned on Murray’s tweet following her victory, Andreeva could barely hide her delight at the attention.

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