New Year's resolutions are made to be broken, and it took Andy Murray less than a week into 2013 to break his resolve to not swear so much on the court.
Murray, as Reuters reports, said last month that he wanted to clean up his dirty mouth. "Obviously, me saying 'shit' or whatever is bad and wrong, and it's something I want to try to stop doing," said Murray.
Bad and wrong? When it comes to tennis, Haters, I think swearing is right and just, and necessary. There are no better words in the English language to describe volleying a floater into the net than "fucking piece of shit."
But the doom-and-gloom Scot was just as potty-mouthed as ever during an Australian Open tune-up. Audible obscenities were heard from his end of the court during his early round matches at the Brisbane International.
He later claimed he never made any vow to stop swearing.
"I was doing an interview over the phone. I got asked about swearing on the court. I said 'obviously I don't mean to do it. I don't want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously I will try to stop.'
"I didn't make any promises or guarantees that I was going to."
He said other players swear just as much, and say far worse things about their opponents' mothers and such, but people -- and, presumably, chair umpires -- don't notice because they're using non-English cuss words.
"So where I would obviously love to stop doing it, I try not to. But I can't guarantee it."
Andy, I totally get it. I, too, want to stop swearing on court, but dammit, I just can't!
While his non-swearing resolution is already down the toilet, any resolution the world number three made to become number one this year got a strong start Down Under. He defeated defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6(0), 6-4, to take his second-straight Brisbane International title, his first title for the new year and his 25th overall.