Why Murray Lost Wimbledon

Andy Murray is stiff.

If he hopes to become #1 in the world and win Wimbledon next year, he is going to have to increase his range of motion. Otherwise, he is fighting an uphill battle against players who do not have his talent, but have much greater range.

External Arm Rotation

For every degree you increase your external arm rotation, you can add a mile an hour to your serve. Murray has only 90° of external arm rotation during his serve. Roddick has 130°. Murray has the slower serve.

Andy Murray EAR Andy Roddick EAR

Stride Angle

For every degree you increase your Stride Angle, you cover 2% more ground on court. Murray has a Stride Angle of only 105°, while Novak Djokovic has a Stride Angle of 115°, which means that Djokovic can cover 20% more ground than Murray with each stride he takes on court.

 
Andy Murray Stride Angle

 
Novak Djokovic Stride Angle

Stretching Does Not Help

As most tennis players know, stretching is not very effective at measurably increasing flexibility.

This is because tennis players lose flexibility from the stress of playing tennis. Stopping and abruptly changing direction on court, endlessly practicing serves and forehands from a very young age, all tear some of the tens of thousands of individual tiny muscle fibers that make up each muscle. As these muscles repair, they do become stronger, but microfibers (scar tissue) also develop between the muscles. These microfibers accumulate over time, making players stiffer with age. Because they are scar tissue, microfibers cannot be released by stretching or conventional therapy.

This process of microfibrosis is accelerated when tennis players do push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups or lift weights, as all these activities tear individual muscle fibers. In fact, this is why players increase their muscle mass. As the torn fibers repair, they become bigger. Tear and repair--the Neanderthal's way to increase strength.

Regardless of whether they 'tear and repair' or not, tennis players have short careers because of the accumulation of microfibers that gradually makes them stiffer in their legs, shoulders and hips as they age. Some, like Murray, are stiff to begin with.

Normally, the connective tissue membranes (white) between the muscles (red) are smooth. They allow the muscles to slide past each other, which they have to do in order to stretch.

But when you have even a mild injury (falls on court), overuse (lifting weights, running) or stress , microfibers form as part of the healing process to immobilize the area. Microfibers are nature’s internal cast.

Unfortunately, once the area has healed, the microfibers not only do not go away, they tend to accumulate over time, making athletes stiffer with age.

By releasing microfibers with Microfiber Reduction, Somax can measurably improve tennis performance. Our client below increased his external arm rotation 20° in just four weeks. Radar gun tests with tennis players with the same improvement showed that they added 20 mph to their serve.

 
External Arm Rotation before Somax

 
External Arm Rotation after Somax

Murray can also easily improve his court speed by releasing microfibers that have accumulated in his hips from years of playing tennis. Our client below increased his adductor range almost 300%, again in just four weeks.

 
Before Microfiber Reduction 

 
After Microfiber Reduction 

Conclusion

Andy Murray can improve his already great court performance by improving his flexibility in tennis-specific ranges. Increasing his flexibility will increase his serve and court speed. This will remove the last barrier to a Wimbledon win for a Brit.