Andy Murray makes Wimbledon vow and gives details on training with Roger Federer
Andy Murray has vowed to give his all at Wimbledon amid concerns it could be his last appearance at the tournament. The Brit has been plagued by injuries in recent years. But, despite that, he’s still going strong and determined to compete with the finest players on the planet.
Murray has struggled to recover from extensive hip surgery.
Usually such an injury can stop people playing sport again, never mind professionally, but he’s battled back from the brink to emerge stronger for it.
Murray isn’t among the favourites to win Wimbledon, despite claiming the prize in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
But he’s vowed to give his all and revealed he’d be training with Roger Federer this week in order to ensure he’s fully at the races and ready to go.
“To me it’s not so much about me worrying about it being my last one, it’s just something that I think about,” he told Sky Sports.
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“I don’t want it to be my last Wimbledon; certainly I want to keep playing, I don’t want to stop just now, so, yeah, I want to keep going.
“It’s more about the body; if I’m restricted in how I can prepare.
“If I can’t prepare properly to compete then that’s when it’s not fair on yourself; to keep putting yourself out there because you’re not properly prepared and can’t do yourself justice.
“So if that was the case and I was having to compromise on my training just to get out there on a match court and my results weren’t good, then that is something I’d look at.
“But providing I can train and prepare well and I’m enjoying it I’ll do it for as long as I can.”
Murray also admitted he could understand Naomi Osaka’s concerns over her mental health, admitting tennis takes a great toll on both the body and the mind.
“I’ve obviously dealt with a lot of injuries in the last few years, which has been tough mentally, but, when I was younger, dealing with the pressure of playing high-level sport is not something that you’re prepared for,” he said.
“I appreciate that I’m very lucky, I get to play sport and stuff and there are people who are in significantly worse positions than multi-million pound tennis players, but I think unless you’ve been in that situation people wouldn’t understand; going from an 18-year-old playing in front of no people to all of a sudden playing on Wimbledon Centre Court and being commented on your personality and how you might look and how you might talk.
“When you’re 19 or 20 you’re not prepared for that and it’s a big change.
“Earlier on in my career, I did find it harder dealing with the press side of things and the attention, whereas now I have a quite different perspective on things, so it’s fine.
“But I can certainly understand how athletes do struggle with it.”
Murray did, rather amusingly, admit he’s strained his throat by cheering on Scotland at the current European Championships.
He said: “I went to the game the other night and I’ve struggled with my voice in the last couple of days.
“I’ve enjoyed it. When we were in the bubble at Queen’s, the players in the evening were having food in the lobby and going down to watch matches on the big screen; it’s a nice distraction.
“The bubbles are not always that fun so having something like that to do in the evening has been good for the players.
“Hopefully Scotland can put in a good performance against Croatia on Tuesday and get through – but it’ll be tough.”
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