Andy Murray Curated
British Tennis Player
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How is the rehabilitation from your injury going for you?
How was it tough, mentally, to go through the pain of the injury?
Was there a time during your injury when you decided to give in to the pain?
What do you think is the level of tennis you can achieve going forward from the injury?
Would you still play tennis, if you are not able to recover fully from the injury?
Does the thought of having to stop playing tennis scare you?
How likely are you to participate in 2019 Wimbledon?
What was the amount of pain you experienced when you had to announce your retirement during a press conference in Australian Open?
If you had a choice between an Olympic victory and a Grand Slam victory which one would you choose?
What alterations do you make to your diets just before the match?
How has been your experience when Ivan Lendl started coaching you?
How much did you follow Andre Agassi while you were growing up?
What was the first time you played your biggest tennis rival Novak Djokovic?
Why do you think Novak Djokovic was able to bump up his game to another level in 2011?
Do you think confidence is as important as talent?
What were the different sports that you played while growing up?
How important has been your family support in encouraging you to become a sportsman?
What do you think is the difference between a good tennis player and a great tennis player?
How can one train for mental strength?
How much do you think your play has to change when you are in the clay-season of tennis?
How difficult is for someone to switch from clay courts to grass courts?
Which match early on in your career has given you the most confidence to compete with the top players?
How has the family support been for you after your parents split up?
There has rarely been three tough competitors in tennis history but now there are four, so how do you think the game is moving forward?
How does having so many tough opponents help you to improve your game?
Do you think the tennis season is too long and should be shortened a bit?
How well do you think your hometown has recovered after the Dunblane School Shooting where you were one of the hostages in your childhood?
How great an experience was it for you to return to your hometown as a hero after winning the US Open title?
What does it mean to you to finally winning the US Open title after coming so close to it so many times?
How did you come to work with Ivan Lendl and what did he teach you?
What does it mean to you to win a be the first British player to win a Grand Slam title in more than 70 years?
How much pressure do you feel while you are playing in England?
How do you deal with the great amount of attention that Wimbledon attracts?
What is your opinion of Roger Federer’s achievements in tennis?
Are there any things in particular which has been difficult for you after your hip injury?
How important is it for you to be cautious about every small detail about your body which in the past you would have taken for granted?
Why didn’t you stand in the election for player’s council and how much do you support Novak Djokovic’s idea of a player’s union?
Where would you rank the 2008 Wimbledon Finals amongst the greatest matches of tennis ever played?
Do you think that having achieved Wimbledon in the past, not playing anymore could actually mean having the best of both worlds for you?
Do you think Nick Kygrios can have good run in Wimbledon?
What was going in your mind when you were serving for the Championship for the first time in Wimbledon 2013?
Was there a doubt in your mind that you would actually win Wimbledon?
Why do you have to control your emotions on court?
What happens to you when you are really nervous?
Why do you refrain form looking at your box during a match when your mother is there?
What is the one question that you have dreaded the most?
Tell us about the time when Rafael Nadal pranked you?
Why is it important for a tennis player to maintain his calm during frustrating moments in a match?
How motivating is the support of fans during a match?
What do you do in your spare time?
At any point during your 2012 US Open finals you felt any agony?
How does the windy conditions on court effect a tennis player?
What are your feelings after being knighted by the Queen?
Did you ever expect to accomplish so many things from playing tennis?
Being well regarded and loved in the British society how do you handle the media attention?
How does it feel to inspire a new generation of tennis players in England?
What would you like during your recovery period from a back injury to regain your confidence in your game?
When you are playing French Open would you play Rafael Nadal in the semi-final rather than quarter-finals?
Why Tennis was so important to Andy Murray?
“I had the thing that happened in Dunblane. That was when I was around nine. I’m sure for all the kids there it would have been difficult for different reasons, but we knew the guy, we went to his kids’ club, he’d been in our car and we’d driven him and dropped him off at train stations and things.“And within 12 months of that happening, our parents got divorced. I think that’s a difficult time for kids, to see that and not quite understand what’s going on.“Then, six to 12 months after that, my brother moved away from home. He went to train to play tennis. We used to do everything together, so when he moved away that was also quite hard for me. Around that time, and after that for a year or so, I had lots of anxiety. That came out when I was playing tennis. A few times when I was competing I would get really bad breathing problems. “My feeling towards tennis is that it’s an escape for me in some ways, because all of these things are bottled up. We don’t talk about these things. The way that I am on the tennis court, I show some positive things about my personality and I also show the bad things, the stuff that I really hate. But I feel like tennis allows me to be that child that has all of these questions. That’s why tennis is important to me.” “And within 12 months of that happening, our parents got divorced. I think that’s a difficult time for kids, to see that and not quite understand what’s going on."
How Andy Murray feels about the prospect of retriring?
“I’ve always had structure to my day,” he says. “It doesn’t matter how sick or injured I’ve been, I’ve never called up and said: ‘I’m not coming in today’. “That’s something that I worry about – not having that structure. It’s a very young age to lose something that you’ve done and you’ve had for your whole life. I worry about that.”
Tell us about the experience with the new baby boy?
I literally did nothing for 12 days and got up to probably my heaviest weight in my career. Evenings were the issue. The newborn has been going to bed at seven and sleeping for a three-hour period. My wife would sleep upstairs and get a period of good sleep in before the baby would wake up. I’d be on my own downstairs eating chocolate biscuits and stuff. There was also Halloween, our second daughter’s birthday party and my sister-in-law also had a birthday, so there was lots of cake and junk. With no training, that’s not a good combination.
With the experience of non-training period, what might retirement lead to for you? What does your former coach, Ivan Lendl might say?
He’ll probably kill me for saying this, but I always said I don’t want to end up with what happened to Ivan. If you put that in your paper I know I’ll get a message from him tomorrow. When he was playing he was in great shape and very thin. And when he stopped things went south, so I need to avoid that.
Do you like the name Teddy for your son?
I don’t actually love the name. My dad’s middle name was Barron, his dad was Barron and so was my granddad’s dad.
How's life after Teddy's arrival?
Busy, We’ve got three children under four now and two dogs, so you’ve got to keep an eye out all the time, but it’s been good, sleeping fine. Everyone’s healthy.
Did your daughters Sophia and Edie take the opportunity to watch television coverage of your victory in Antwerp?
I think they were having dinner at Wagamama’s during the final, so I don’t think they were watching. They’ve seen me on the tennis court on TV over the last couple of months, but I’m not sure they’ve got the patience to sit and watch a tennis match.
Are you able to play again at a high level again after your major hip surgery?
“I’m not worried from the hip’s perspective as I’ve had zero issues with it so far. I don’t anticipate that playing an extra 45 minutes or an hour will be bad for my hip. I’ll see how the rest of my body responds when I’m out there [in Australia]. My physio has always been more positive about me playing Grand Slams than playing in a tournament when you play five days in a row.
What would you like to achieve over the next 12 months?
The reason why I’m playing is because I love it and I need to remember that. If I’m 30 in the world or 70 in the world but still enjoying it, still enjoying the preparations and training and all of that stuff, and I feel competitive, then that would be success for me. It’s sometimes difficult when you start playing, competing and losing matches. You really want to do better. But if I could stay healthy and on the court that would be success.
How are you targetting to return in the Miami Open after your pelvic injury?
In the short, short term I’m training to try and get ready for Miami. I’ve done so much rehab these past few months that in terms of my strength and everything, all the muscles around the hip are working well. It’s just I hadn’t played tennis.
What are your plans about the Miami Open?
I need some time to build up and feel good on the court again. But that’s kind of my plans just now unless I have a setback or something.
What do you have to say about Amelie Mauresmo as your coach?
In matters of reflection, competence and intelligence, there is no reason why a woman is not as good as a man as a coach. I would like women to be offered more opportunities.
Why were there reactions when you choose Amélie Mauresmo as your coach?
The reactions I received when I chose Amélie Mauresmo as my coach has shown that ‘There was a problem because the reason why her appointment was questioned was based solely on her gender. It was not based on her skills or what she had accomplished in her career.
Many people saw your partnership with Amelie Mauresmo as a failure as you couldn’t win a major title. What do you have to say about it?
A lot of people criticized me for working with her and I think so far this week, we’ve showed that women can be very good coaches as well. I see no reason why that can’t keep moving forward like that in the future. So I am very thankful for Amelie for doing it. It was a brave choice from her to do it. I am hopeful I can repay.
How did you overcome the struggles with your hip problem?
It's been hard. I've found these past few months in many ways harder than the last couple of years. I felt like I was going through that same process that I thought I was out the other side of. It's been tricky. But I've been on court these last couple of weeks and it's gone well. I practice two hours some days and it's [the injury] been responding well, so fingers crossed it stays that way.
Were there any nervy periods where you thought you may have to call it a day?
When you're not getting better after four or five weeks of rest, you're thinking the worst and that's career threatening. You go into scans thinking "if i get the wrong news from this, then it's done", so it's hard from that respect. The emotional side of thinking "this might be it.
What Andy thinks of his own achievements?
“I felt just a bit sore, a bit heavy in the legs. I don't know if that showed in terms of the way that I played until the end of the second set. I was getting bullied around the court and Stan was hitting a bunch of winners. I kept putting returns in play and trying to get one more ball back. Stan easily could have won that match. It wasn’t like I was deserving of the win. I didn’t feel ready to win – but it happened.”
What Andy thinks about his fan's support?
“one of the biggest wins I have had, after everything. It means a lot [because] the last few years were extremely difficult. Both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems and it’s amazing to be back playing in a final with him.”
What he thinks about the messages of fans?
“I have had a few messages – more than I have had in the last few months, that's for sure. I will need to get my responses done but I have got a fantasy basketball draft at 9pm tonight. Maybe the replies to the messages will have to wait.
What Andy's future plans?
“I need to now start talking more about my future, and I am certainly a lot more optimistic now. When I spoke to my team before the trip to Asia [a month ago] I was like, what are the goals here? And I was like, I just want to be competitive. I want to feel that when I am on the court I am not getting smashed by guys. “I wasn’t thinking ‘I am going to win tournaments’ or ‘I am going to beat guys like Stan and [world No 13 Matteo] Berrettini [whom he overcame in Beijing three weeks ago].’ So this has come as a surprise to me and my team.”
What Andy told about wife Kim's pregnancy?
“We are going to have a third baby, which makes it three kids under the age of four,” Murray said. “While I’ve been off tennis for the last couple of years, my family has got bigger. So maybe I need to get back on the road.”