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Ivan Lendl, Annabel Croft, an iron and an ironing-board

   
Annabel Croft has told The Tennis Space how the “quirky, mad, totally eccentric” Ivan Lendl made her laugh by joking around with an iron and ironing board at the US Open. Croft, who watched many of Andy Murray’s practice sessions in New York, said it was clear that the US Open champion adores his backroom team. 
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Croft, who will be commentating for British Eurosport on this weekend’s Davis Cup ties, on Lendl’s sense of humour: “Lendl’s quirky, really mad. His sense of humour is totally eccentric. He tells filthy jokes, too. He made me laugh in New York. Our studio in New York was just above the practice court they tended to use. After one of Andy’s practice sessions, Lendl tried to get an ironing board and the iron into the live shot, as we sat in the studio talking. He took the ironing board and the iron from our green room and carried them out on to the court, and had written my name on the iron. He wanted people to think that my role in the commentary team at the US Open was to iron everyone’s shirts. When he later came back inside with the iron, he wanted to make sure I had seen that he had written my name on the iron. I didn’t mind. He made me laugh.”
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Croft on Lendl’s coaching: “Lendl had a lot to say to Andy on the practice court. There were jokes, but there were also times when they sat on the bench and they seemed to be having serious chats. It’s amazing how quickly Lendl and Andy have been successful. Lendl had never coached before, and now he’s coached a player to the Olympic gold and also to a grand slam title. It’s incredible, and I think they’re going to go on to even greater things. I’m not sure whether he could dominate, but it’s going to be interesting what happens next.”
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Croft on Murray’s backroom team: “You can tell that Andy adores the team around him. They’ve almost like family to him. They’ve been working together for a long time now. Andy has chosen such lovely people, too. You can’t fault them as human beings. They’re kind, generous, really great people, and I’m pleased for them as well.”
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Coming soon on The Tennis Space: Annabel Croft discusses Kim Sears and how Andy Murray’s life will change now he’s a grand slam champion. 
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British Eurosport HD will show over 1,200 hours of Blockbuster Tennis in 2012, including the Australian, French and US Open, the Davis Cup and the AEGON Championship from Queen’s Club, available on Sky and Virgin Media or online/on mobile via eurosportplayer.co.uk
   
  • gooner_del

    Ivan ironing out creases in his pupils atitude with that iron mrs croft