Amelie Mauresmo: America’s Cup defending champ reaches a climax
Hatton gears up to British three-time take US by storm world champion
Issue 35: June 22 2007
Sport’s first ever Murray cover feature comes at a time when the 20-year-old is struggling with a wrist injury that’s threatening his Wimbledon participation.* But he puts on a brave face to tell us what separates the good players from the great ones.
June 22 2007
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Man Utd’s rock, Nemanja Vidic
Heineken Cup starts here!
Bull riding – it’s quite astonishing
Issue 52: November 9 2007 The Murray brothers speak to Sport
THE MURRAY BROTHERS
Which of you was the naughty one when you were kids? Jamie: “Andy.” Andy: “I liked getting into trouble at school, although I never got suspended or anything. I just used to knock on
HATS, GIRLS AND LIFE ON TOUR TOGETHER
Issue # 52 November 9 2007
Brian O’Driscoll Lions interview
30 Silverstone’s ﬁnal race
David Gower looks European Team back at 1985 Championships
RUGBY LEAGUE MOTOGP
A day in the life of Jorge Lorenzo
A tough weekend ahead for some...
The delightful Nives Celzijus
With Murray having just become the first British winner of Queen’s in 71 years – and doing so without dropping a single set – hopes are high that this could be his year at SW19, too. “I’ve thought about winning Wimbledon and other Grand Slams, but it’s almost
The 10 biggest bottlers in sport
Freestyle whizz Chris Birch
Big talents, big hair
Andy and Jamie Murray are fast becoming Britain’s favourite sporting siblings, yet we know but little of their boyhood days. Sport was summoned to a school meeting to ﬁnd out more... It’s back to the playground for Sport today, as we are sent scurrying off to a Surrey primary school where the Murray brothers are causing trouble, just like the old days. It’s not so different to the Sport ofﬁce, really. The people may be slightly smaller and less hairy but, aside from that, there are balls whizzing about and girlish yelps to be heard for miles. The headmistress has promised to restrain the overexcited little scamps when the Scottish siblings appear, but there have clearly been one too many turkey twizzlers gobbled up for lunch – the energy these kids possess is seemingly boundless. As it turns out, in fact, they are simply eager to get their clammy little hands on the pile of goodies that is strategically positioned on the wooden bench opposite Sport’s instructed waiting place. What goodies, you ask? Balls. Piles of them. All waiting to be signed by Andy and Jamie before being dished out to these feverish kids, and presumably some form of pay-off for not trampling over the headmistress in a crazed attempt to reach their tennis idols. And yet, when the six-foot-plus brothers ﬁnally emerge, side by side, from one of the mobile classrooms stationed in the playground, the children are strangely silent – no clapping or cheering, just wide eyes and open mouths. Marvellous, peace and quiet – except for Andy and Jamie Murray that is, who are enjoying each other’s company so much that they break off from conversation just long enough to shake Sport’s own clammy little hand. And then, of course, there is that pile of balls to be dealt with...
ANDY & JAMIE MURRAY
Ahem! Sorry to interrupt, gents. You obviously get on well now, but what about when you were kids? Andy “We used to argue a lot over computer games – what was it?” Jamie “Nintendo.” AM “It was normally a football game like Pro Evo, and around that age we’d also argue about tennis a little bit – you know, over who was better. I don’t think we were that terrible, though. We were quite bad when we were younger, but when we got to about 13 we stopped arguing as much. We were travelling a lot by then, and not seeing each other so often. When we did, it was like...” JM “Precious time... oh God, don’t put that though!” Sorry Jamie, Sport tells all. So you argued about tennis, but are you competitive off the court, too? JM “For sure, I don’t like to lose to him at golf – not that it ever happens.” [Smiles smugly] AM “Who won the last time we played?” JM “Well I play off three, so it would be a bit difﬁcult.” AM “I never play golf, but if I did play a lot I would beat him. I have a better swing than him, for a start.” JM “He’s good, he is, don’t get me wrong. But he’s just not that good – not at my level, anyway.” Tell us something about the other one we don’t already know – something only a brother could or would know... AM [Without hesitation] “He owns a frilby hat.” JM “You mean a trilby hat?” AM “Right, yeah, a trilby – with a purple shirt and a purple waistcoat.”
WEBLINKS www.andymurray.com, www.rbssport.com
NOVEMBER 9 2007
NOVEMBER 9 2007
Murray heads to the US Open without a coach (having split with Miles Maclagan weeks earlier), so Sport asks what any potential new coach could expect when they take on the British number one:
Team-by-team transfer guide
WHAT IS STOPPING ANDY MURRAY? WITH WIMBLEDON LOOMING ON THE NATION’S SPORTING HORIZON, THE EXPERTS TELL US WHY HE IS STILL TO WIN A GRAND SLAM
June 17 2011 Issue 212
Everyone’s been waiting so long for a British winner... I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like if I won.”
It’s something that you need in an individual sport, and I think all coaches in tennis understand that. But the most important thing is to have a strong work ethic – then it’s up to the coach to get the best out of you, to make sure you’re in the right atmosphere to train hard and practise properly.”
The ex ﬁles: Murray and coach Miles Maclagan (right) split after a two-and-a-half year partnership
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29 The gritty tale of David Millar
like the closer you get to a tournament, the less you think about winning it. It’s when you’re training that you sometimes use those thoughts as motivation, but once the tournament gets close I start to focus on the first match rather than looking too far ahead. Is it an exciting thought? Sure, it would be huge news.
Issue 174: August 27 2010
“I think top players in any sport can be quite stubborn, and I’m no different. CYCLING
The brothers playing together in the doubles at the Masters Series event at Monte Carlo
Issue 116: June 19 2009
GRAND SLAM TENNIS
It’s Challenge Cup ﬁnal weekend
22 INTERVIEW TENNIS
people’s doors and run away – that sort of stuff.” JM: “And throw eggs at Halloween, although everyone does that, right? AM: “I don’t knock on people’s doors any more; Jamie still does, though...” JM: “Only on your door, for a room for the night!”
AUGUST 27 2010
So, with just days to go until the start of the tennis season’s ﬁnal Grand Slam – the US Open – the world number four and Britain’s numberone tennis player is without a coach. Andy Murray is ﬂying solo on a wing and a prayer, with no leader, no guide and, well, perhaps no need for one. The Scot won his ﬁrst title of the season earlier this month, beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer en route, so perhaps this coach-free existence is the way forward; a free and easy route to the Grand Slam glory Murray is yet to experience? “Being without a coach is nice in some ways,” Murray admits when Sport collars him for a pre-US Open chat in Cincinnati. “But I wouldn’t like to go for a whole year without one.” Even so, the 23-year-old is in no hurry to appoint a successor to Miles Maclagan, his now former coach and ‘master tactician’ of the past two and a half years. Murray will arrive in New York this weekend with his own game plan, then. But no coach is no problem, he insists, even at one of the most important tournaments of the year...
Andy, how big an issue is it to not have a coach beside you – especially going into a Grand Slam? “It’s different and in some ways it’s nice, because when you’ve been working with someone for a long time it’s good to have a little bit more freedom and be a bit more relaxed. Sometimes it’s what you need, a bit of time on your own. But I wouldn’t like to be without a coach permanently, or go for a whole year without one, so I will need somebody to come in again.” So what happens if, at the US Open, you start to struggle with your game? How will you handle that? “It’ll be the same as always because, whether you have a coach or not, when you’re on the court you’re responsible. Tennis is probably the most individual sport there is because no one can help you. You can’t get your coach on for advice or have someone radioing you to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. You’re out there alone and you have to make the decisions yourself – coach or no coach.”
W W W. S P O R T - M A G A Z I N E . C O . U K
Issue 212: June 17 2011 Murray’s Grand Slam final record reads: played three; won not one set. Sport asks the experts how he can take the final, toughest step to Grand Slam glory... Boris Becker: “He has the talent and the quality to be a Grand Slam champion, but maybe at the moment he’s lacking a little
bit of maturity. It wouldn’t hurt Murray to be involved with someone that is a bit more experienced than any of his team... just having somebody around who has won Grand Slams before.” Roberto Forzoni (sports psychologist, formerly to Murray and the LTA):
“I don’t think Murray appreciates how much he needs to work on the mental side of his game. Because Murray was so talented as a junior, he didn’t have to compete on the mental side when he was growing up. And because of that lack of competition, there’s a lack of mental strength development.”
Issue 253: April 27 2012
Issue 253 | April 27 2012
LET’S GO TO WORK
Ahead of the biggest summer of his career, Murray ponders how an Olympic gold medal would measure up to a Grand Slam title...
Andy Murray sets his sights on a summer of glory and gold
“Now, honestly, I think it’s up there. All the players I’ve spoken to are really pumped about it. Even at the last Issue 309 | June 14 2013
Phase two Andy Murray talks exclusively to Sport about the next chapter in his Grand Slam-winning career
Olympics, the guys who lost in the semis but won bronze medals in Beijing were ecstatic. You could see from the celebrations they had, it was huge...If I reach a Slam final this year and lose, a lot of people will say to me: ‘Oh, that’s no good, you need to win it.’ But if I win a silver medal at the Olympics, then
Issue 309: June 14 2013 Now a Grand Slam winner (at the 2012 US Open) and Olympic champion, Murray talks about entering the second chapter of his career... “Now I’ve done it, I can move on. Ivan [Lendl, Murray’s coach] has helped with keeping me focused and not letting my
everyone will celebrate that. So that’s where there’s a bit of inconsistency, because a silver medal at the Games is hugely celebrated – I think – whereas the final of a Slam is sort of viewed as not quite being good enough.”
mind drift and think that [winning the US Open] is what I was here to do. It’s important to reset your goals. Before, I just wanted to win a Grand Slam, I didn’t care which one it was... now it’s easier to start prioritising individual tournaments.” >
“I just wAnted to wIn A grAnd slAm. I dIdn’t cAre whIch one It wAs. I just wAnted to wIn one”
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*Three days after Sport hits the streets, a dejected Murray announces: “The doctor has advised me not to play.” We admit no responsibility.
Ahead of his return to Wimbledon, Andy Murray speaks exclusively to Sport about his momentous year, injuries, and why it always pays to keep your eye on the ball
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Monty Panesar interviewed
or 50 in the world, and you think: ‘But that second guy looks like a better player.’ The difference is in the mental strength.”
“My coach in Spain [Murray attended the Sánchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona at 15], told me tennis was 60 per cent mental, 20 per cent this [gently pounds his heart] and then the last 20 per cent in your legs. And it’s all just so true. You look at the guys at the top of their game, and then you look at someone ranked 40
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ndy Murray is reflecting on the first phase of his career as a professional tennis player – the phase that came to an end at 2.05am on September 10 2012, when an overhit Novak Djokovic return handed the Scot the maiden Grand Slam title he’d spent more than a decade working towards. Sinking to his haunches, Murray’s hands covered his mouth as he struggled to absorb the enormity of what he had achieved. That momentous New York night feels like it was longer than nine months ago when Sport sits down with Murray beside the centre court at Queen’s Club – an arena that has brought him the only grass-court titles of his career so far (his Olympic gold aside). The US Open champion has just emerged from the players’ lounge, where he’s been glued to the final set of Rafael Nadal’s French Open semi-final win over Djokovic. The tournament is the first Slam Murray has missed in six years (he sat out Wimbledon in 2007 with a wrist injury), but the gruelling nature of the four-hour, 37-minute battle he’s just witnessed has proved his difficult decision to sit out the tournament was the right one.
“That sort of match is the reason why I wasn’t playing, because I wouldn’t have been able to compete at the level I’d want to compete at,” he explains. “My back just wasn’t good enough.” The injury was so bad that it forced Murray to retire from his second-round match at the Rome Masters in May, and he admits to fearing the worst as he departed the Italian capital. “My back had been bad the week before, in Madrid, but I just hoped that with a few days’ rest before Rome it would be okay,” he says. “After I pulled out, I was going to see back specialists, having scans and just getting a lot of different opinions from a lot of people. In your head, you do prepare yourself for really bad news.” Murray suffered from back spasms at a similar stage of last season, leading some to conclude the problem is aggravated by the switch in surfaces at the beginning of the clay-court campaign – thus something the 26-year-old might therefore have to manage for the remainder of his career. “All players have things they need to manage,” he continues. “Roger’s had back issues for a while and Rafa’s had problems with his knees. The game is so physical now that it’s almost impossible not to have >
Published on Jul 11, 2013
Published on Jul 11, 2013
In this week's Sport: Game. Set. Match. History. We speak to Andy Murray as he comes to terms with winning Wimbledon | Masters champion Adam...