Mind doctor getting Murray in mood for US Victory

29th August 2007

Given that his clients include Andy Murray and the footballers of West Ham, it appears that sports psychologist Roberto Forzoni is not afraid of a challenge.

Not content with getting a handle on the likes of Anton Ferdinand, the Italian mind doctorhas been helping the talented and complex British No 1 prepare for the U.S Open, which begins today at Flushing Meadows.
With Murray, his task has been to try to nullify the negative thoughts caused by the lingering effects of the injury that stopped the Scot’s charge towards the world’s top five

So frustrated did he become after losing his second and third comeback matches in America that he headed back to London for a week in order to undergo a check on both mind and body.

Now, proudly in possession of a signed shirt from the West Ham team accompanied by good luck messages, Murray believes that all is finally right just in time for the last major of the year.

“I feel much better than before I went back to London and I’m just really looking forward to going back on court again and feeling like I can compete 100 per cent,” he said.

Some of the injury could have been mental but I was definitely feeling it was still there. It’s a question of trying to stay positive.