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I, Robot by Peter Crouch

Following on from his huge bestseller, How to be a Footballer, Peter Crouch dives even deeper into the secret world of football. 

'Peter Crouch is a comedy genius' - Daily Mail 

'The funniest man in British sport' – Metro 

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I, Robot - How to be a Footballer 2
By Peter Crouch
Ebury Press / 17 October / Hardback £20/ Ebook £9.99

A true legend of English football, with a career that has taken him from World Cups to Champions League finals, Crouch is prized for his self-deprecating humour and his universal appeal that transcends club affiliation. Newly retired after a stellar career, the humble professional with a great sense of humour has gathered legions of fans hungry to hear his hilarious take on the frequently ridiculous world of football.

In I,Robot Crouch further lifts the lid on the nation’s favourite sport in his usual honest, candid and utterly entertaining way. Whether it’s offering genuine insider insight into how the game works – from striker selfishness or the art of bench-warming to explaining what managers or agents really do. Then there are his legendary tall tales – from accidentally becoming best mates with Mickey Rourke (though not Madonna) to spilling the beans about, well, Gareth Bale’s magic beans. And why does Crouchy’s dad still walk the dog in his 2005 England tracksuit? This book is a true insider guide.


ABOUT PETER CROUCH

Peter Crouch is a retired English professional footballer. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals for his country in that time, and appearing at two World Cups. He is one of 28 players to have scored 100 or more Premier League goals, holding the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history. With a truly illustrious footballing career behind him, he has played for Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke, Burnley and England. Peter’s award winning That Peter Crouch Podcast is due to air for a third series this Autumn.

@petercrouch


ABOUT TOM FORDYCE

Tom Fordyce, Peter’s co-writer, is the BBC’s award-winning Chief Sports Writer. He ghosted Swim Bike Run, the autobiography of Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, which was a Sunday Times number one bestseller; The World of Cycling According to G with Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Sevens Heaven with Ben Ryan, winner of the Telegraph Sports Book of the Year 2019. Tom hosts That Peter Crouch Podcast with Peter, alongside Radio One’s Chris Stark.

@tomfordyce


Jamie Murray launches YouTube channel

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Six-time Grand Slam doubles champion and Davis Cup winner Jamie Murray OBE also has 21 ATP Doubles titles and represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup 2007-2018 and in the Olympic Games 2008, 2012and 2016.

Jamie has launched his YouTube channel to give a unique and inspiring insight into the life and business of a doubles pro and to share his training drills and coaching tips with players, fans and coaches of all ages and stages.

Doubles has been my career since 2006 but it is also the bedrock of our school, club and county competitions. I want to inspire many more players to improve their doubles game and by creating my own YouTube channel I can share as much as I can of what I do on and off court. YouTube is a great way to learn all sorts of things – I learned how to make scrambled eggs by watching Gordon Ramsay and I want to make my tennis tips as easy to follow as that! It’s going to be a simple, effective platform for people all over the world to come and learn about tennis.
— Jamie Murray

Video clips will be uploaded regularly and will include tactics and positioning for different doubles situations; easy to follow coaching tips and skill-building exercises; warm up and cool down routines; fitness training for speed, strength and flexibility; nutritional advice – how to fuel and refuel before, during and post-match or training; mental preparation and video analysis; the role of the coach; how to choose a doubles partner; the art of on court communication and much, much more.

There will also be lots of fun updates on what Jamie likes doing when he’s not on the tennis court; what music he listens to, his favourite TV shows, restaurants and his fantasy football team.


ABOUT JAMIE MURRAY

Jamie Murray, 33, is a professional tennis player. He grew up in Glasgow and attended Dunblane Primary School and Dunblane High School. 

As a young player he was coached by his mother, Judy, and by the age of 12 was one of the top 3 players in Europe alongside Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet.  He was a GB Junior Internationalist from the age of 10-17 and National 18 + under Boys Doubles Champion in 2002.  He made the decision to concentrate on doubles as a career in 2006. The following year at the age of 21, he won his first Grand Slam title in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Jelena Jankovic. Since then Jamie has gone on to claim 21 ATP doubles titles and captured two men’s Grand Slam doubles titles, at the Australian Open and the US Open in 2016. He picked up another two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles in 2017 with Martina Hingis at Wimbledon and the US Open and most recently he partnered Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the 2018 US Open, his 6th Grand Slam victory. He was also a key member of the GB team which won the Davis Cup in 2015.

Jamie lives in Wimbledon, London, with his wife Alejandra, who he married in 2010 at Cromlix House near Dunblane. Away from tennis, Jamie enjoys golf (right-handed), playing off a handicap of 4. He is a member of Wentworth Club. When not competing, Jamie is a regular commentator on the BBC, Eurosport and Sky Sports. Murray was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to tennis and charity.

  • Jamie is currently working with the LTA and Glasgow Life to help organise and promote the ATP Challenger Tournament, called the Murray Trophy, to be held in Glasgow from 16-22 September 2019.

  • Jamie is a Patron of the children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz, helping youngsters with disabilities to become active and independent. Jamie is involved in a sports mentoring capacity and is committed to raising awareness of wheelchair sport.

  • Other charities that Jamie supports include: Judy Murray Foundation; Children Change Colombia


ADDITIONAL TALKING POINTS

  • doubles vs singles in tennis, and why singles get all the attention

  • the psychology of playing doubles and the art of communication

  • the importance of giving back to tennis and his role on the ATP player council

  • how to build a partnership with your team mate (Jamie had nearly 50 different partners between 2009 and 2012, before teaming up with John Peers and then Bruno Soares)

  • the different between men’s doubles and mixed doubles

  • his hopes for tennis in Scotland

  • making tennis fun and stimulating for kids

  • making tennis accessible and affordable to everyone

  • the support team that makes life as a pro athlete work

  • fitness, rehab and nutrition / hydration dos and don’ts

  • how to plan your tournament schedule

  • life on the road – Jamie is typically on tour for 25-30 weeks a year

  • travel tips for jet lag, and hotels and restaurants in tournament cities

  • his ambassadorial role with Whizz Kidz

  • his love for Manchester United, Hibs and Game of Thrones