Andy Murray Wimbledon 2022

Andy Murray says ‘it all helps’ on playing at home before blunder sees him forget to mention wife at Wimbledon

Andy Murray provided a moment of levity after a tough late night battle on Centre Court as he fulfilled his press duties at Wimbledon on Monday. 

The two-time Wimbledon champion defeated Australia’s James Duckworth from a set down 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in match that finished under the closed roof and bright lights of SW19’s main arena. 

Murray was at his cerebral best at times in the encounter, even pulling out an underarm serve in the second set to great effect as he won the point from the ensuing rally. 

Playing at his home Slam is obviously always a bonus for Murray, given the familiarity of the surroundings and overwhelming crowd support. 

In addition, Tennishead asked the former world number one how much being around his family helps his mindset at this stage of the tennis calendar. 

He replied: “That’s one of the nice things about playing the grass season [for me].

“It’s being around your family and your friends.

“I get to see my mum and my dad, which I don’t for large parts of the year. 

“Obviously I get to see my children, as well, which is not the case for the majority of the season.

Murray then paused, before remembering, smiling: “And my wife,” drawing laughter from the present media. 

He continued: “I can’t miss her. 

“I’ll get in trouble for that. 

“But yeah, that’s one of the things that I’ve loved about playing at home. 

“Just spending time in your own home, in your own bed, it all helps.”

Murray faces a tough second round with 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist John Isner next.

The Brit will need his rest before that test come Wednesday.

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