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Andy Murray Strained His Butt While Sleeping

Andy Murray has done it again.  Those of you who are avid LBS readers know we love using our weird injuries tag.  While unfortunate, most of the injuries are completely hilarious so we feel the need to rip on the victims.  Today, however, is a particularly special day.  Today we offer congratulations to Murray, who has become our first repeat offender.

That’s right, the same tennis player who hurt his hand playing Playstation almost exactly a year ago has suffered another bizarre injury.  This time, Murray strained his ass.  He withdrew from the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday after somehow straining his right gluteal muscle while sleeping.

“I don’t know how I did it or what it came from,” a distressed looking Murray (as you can see from the above photo) explained according to On The Go Tennis. “I’ve never had anything like this before.”

Poor guy can’t get out of his own way.  Maybe he just needs to be particularly careful with everyday activities in the weeks surrounding Halloween, because that’s when his strange injuries seem to occur.  Here’s hoping Murray’s ass makes a quick recovery so he can return to action.

Rafael Nadal Shows Proper Sportsmanship, Gives Andy Murray Point on Serve

Our culture is one where there is a win-at-all-costs focus, regardless if it’s in the business arena, education field, or in athletics. It’s unfortunate that honesty and sportsmanship aren’t valued more heavily, but that’s a moral debate for another time. The point is that very few athletes will point out a bad call when they should, if it means losing.

Rafael Nadal is different from most athletes.

As Busted Racquet pointed out, Nadal overruled a line judge during his semifinal match against Andy Murray at the French Open.

Murray was serving to start the second set and he had the advantage. His first serve was called long, but Nadal went up to check the spot, saw that it was good and walked to the side of the court to take a rest before the next game. The concession that the serve was in gave Murray the game and the 1-0 lead in the second set. Nadal ended up winning the match, so it’s not as if being honest hurt him. It’s too bad more players don’t feel the same way; what honor is there in winning if you know you didn’t earn it?

Busted Racquet also points out that Novak Djokovic did the same thing in his semifinal match against Roger Federer. Novak lost his match, but he did the right thing. If all players called things honestly, there wouldn’t be as much of a need for judges. Someone like Justine Hennin should take note.

Francesca Schiavone and Andy Murray Support Pre-Match Sex

In separate interviews published within the last 24 hours, two tennis players were asked about their thoughts on having sex before matches. Unsurprisingly they both endorsed the act of sexual release before taking the court.

Reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone said ‘For a woman, sex before a match is not only allowed, it is fantastic. It raises your hormone levels and brings advantages to all of your points. ‘In recent years I have grown, and my feminine side is a lot more visible. But it is a gift reserved for just a few.”

Andy Murray was far less detailed but he expressed a similar sentiment. Murray says that unlike boxers who turn down sex leading up to a fight, tennis players cannot employ the same practice because they play so frequently. If they didn’t have sex before matches, they’d always be saying no, he reasoned.

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time picturing Murray getting down since he’s seems like a by-the-book guy. As for Schiavone, we know quite well that she’s even thinking about sex during matches. There’s a video floating around on the internet that serves as proof of this, but I’ll leave it up to you to find that.

Thanks to SI Hot Clicks and USA Today for the hilarious story

Andy Murray Hurt His Hand on PlayStation

Here I was thinking that baseball players were the only ones who sustained weird injuries in sports, but now I’m starting to find out that tennis players are right up there. Now tennis players are underrated as far as toughness goes, and because it doesn’t involve contact people don’t realize how physically taxing the sport is. It’s a one-man game and players have to be in peak physical condition to compete for five sets. Take a play off and you’re bounced in the first round of a tourney (not traded to Minnesota). But if tennis players train hard enough to go five sets, then why are we seeing Robby Ginepri get taken out by a squirrel and Andy Murray get knocked out by PlayStation?

SI Hot Clicks tipped us off to the story about Murray’s injury that occurred before he was supposed to serve as the best man in his brother’s wedding. A British paper informs us that Murray “was playing Pro Evolution Soccer against doubles partner Dani Vallverdu when he was felt a twinge in his hand.” The twinge was nothing wimpy either — he strained a tendon and had to wrap his hand in ice. You can’t make this stuff up.

Look, I’ve had a bad case of Nintendo thumb just like everybody else (and I’m pretty sure I’m starting to develop carpal tunnel from all the blogging), but tough it out Andy! You really telling me you had to go get an ice pack for it? Be a man next time and just rub some dirt on it!