Murray focused on staying grounded


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:35

Murray is second favourite for the title behind five-time champion Roger Federer, but is determined to stay grounded despite the intense level of of attention that will follow him during the two weeks at SW19.

“It’s just one of those things, if you can keep the same friends, the same people you have around you and just try and be true to yourself and do things that are important to you…” Murray said.

The Scot is determined not to become a prima donna and hopes to follow the example of England star David Beckham – who shares the same management group – when it comes to dealing with the spotlight.

He added: “I think when you start changing as a person and getting an inflated opinion of yourself, and having a big ego, is when it becomes a problem.

“It happens a lot in sport nowadays and he’s (Beckham) done a great job of not letting all the fame and pressure get to him.

“I ask my parents for advice because they’re the ones who are going to tell you the truth, not just any random people because they don’t know you as a person.

“I’ll go and ask for advice and if they were to tell me ‘You’re acting up, or you’re being an idiot on the court, or in interviews’, or whatnot, I’d definitely listen to them.

“I’d be very disappointed in myself if I felt like they had to say that to me, but they haven’t as yet and I hope they won’t have to in the future.”


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.