"I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. Wait, it's my hair actually."
In the world of Down the Line! Andy Murray's slump-stopping opening round win at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco was a mixed bag. Why, you ask? Let me 'splain.
Of course we should celebrate his 6-1, 6-4 win over an always tricky Radek Stepanek. It was the first set, let alone match, he grabbed since the Australian Open semifinals back in January. I'm sure he was feeling an enormous amount of pressure just to grab the first set especially against someone as seasoned as The Worm. Can you imagine the uproar if he dropped this match, too? He would've needed an armed guard just for the British press alone. But, alas, he ran it out in straights. Next up: Gilles Simon. Another tough, but winnable, one for him.
Now here's where the mixed part comes into play: Muzz has got a hairy situation going on and it's not the first time as many of you know. But WHYYYYY???? Back in 2007 we were just really getting to know the Brit baller and his penchant for Sideshow Bob stylings. He was one of the tour's worst offenders:
In February 2008 Muzz decided enough was enough. He visited a salon and chopped off the unruly locks. He even brought a camera along to document his metamorphosis:
Not bad, eh? Yet here we are again. Now it's not at the 2007 level yet but it's quickly growing in that direction. Is this phase a regression? Hopefully, if it is, it's in hair only. On second thought, scratch that. His hair, like his game, needs an update. For the love of GAWD.
[Photo(s): Getty Images, AndyMurray.com]