Murray sets out future targets
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:02
The British number one’s profile is at an all-time high following his first appearance in a grand slam final, at the US Open earlier this month, which he lost to Roger Federer.
“To win a grand slam is my main goal,” he said. “When I started to take tennis seriously I wanted to get into the top 10 and I did that last year, but to win a grand slam is what all the top players of all time are judged on.”
He added: “If you’ve won a grand slam you can be classed in that ‘great’ bracket, and that’s something I’d like to do.”
Whether Murray goes on to cement a place alongside the likes of Federer and Rafael Nadal as a true modern legend of the sport or not, his legacy in Britain and financial wealth are already secure.
And the 21-year-old has revealed that he would like to use both to give British youngsters the chance to focus on sport that he struggled to find.
Famously, Murray packed his bags for Barcelona and the Sanchez-Casal Academy in pursuit of a professional tennis career after becoming frustrated with life in the UK.
When he finally hangs up his racket – as a great or otherwise – Murray is determined to make sure that the sporting stars of tomorrow do not have to endure such upheaval.
“I’m very interested in property and also there’s not too many schools in the UK that are sport orientated,” he told the ATP Tennis Show when asked what his plans are for life after tennis.
“For me growing up, my school was actually very good with letting me out to practice tennis sometimes, but I’d be interested in trying to help start up a school that’s maybe not sport first, but equal between sport and the academic side. That’s something I’d like to do.”