Andy Murray’s behavior as he failed to capitalize on a match point against Sam Querrey before losing in the Farmers Classic final has raised concerns. He took being outplayed by his American opponent badly and at one stage his right hand was covered in blood after he punched his racquet in frustration. And it is not the first time he has harmed himself in that manner. He also kicked out at the net and swore if things did not go his way.
"I think these kind of outbursts are impeding Andy's game, they are not conducive to playing well," said Amanda Owens, a former British player who now runs a psychology consultancy. "When it reaches the stage when you're bloodying your hand, it's almost self-harm. He sees red and he's unable to control those emotions. It's a bit worrying."
Murray was beaten in the final of the Australian Open and took that defeat badly, struggling for several weeks to regain any kind of form befitting his ranking. Then recently he parted company with long-time coach Miles Maclagan and has yet to decide on his next move on that front.
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