Andy Murray

INTERVIEW

Interview with Andy Murray
Is this your first time in the Caribbean? What are the paparazzi likely to capture you doing here? The limbo? Surfing?

I actually came to the Caribbean after I won Wimbledon, it’s one of my favorite parts of the world to go on holiday. Its such an easy place to relax, I’ll be spending the next few months getting my fitness back, so when I’m not on the court I’ll be in the gym or pilates studio.

Ivan Lendl is your coach! Was he one of your idols growing up?

I didn’t watch too much of Ivan growing up, as he was a bit before my time (hope he’s reading this). When I was younger, it was all about Andre Agassi, I used to love watching him play and imitating him on court, I even owned a pair of his infamous denim shorts!

Many have alluded to your serious nature both on and off the court. Do you think we’re going to be able to get you to kick back and get into the island spirit while you are here?

Of course. I tend to be serious on the court, but off it I’m a different character and will have no problem adjusting to the Barbadian way of life. The matches will be good fun, a very good standard in an unbelievable setting.

Do you feel close to what you’ve wanted to achieve with your Wimbledon win or do you still think you haven’t reached your potential?

Winning Wimbledon to me is the pinnacle of tennis, however the goal for me will always the same, to keep winning. There is something special about the grand slams that really appeals to me and I feel like I have a lot more to give, so hopefully I can keep challenging.

Have you checked out Saint Peter's Bay? What do you think of such a unique prize?

"St Peter's Bay is an amazing resort and destination, there is so much going on there. While I'm competing I'm looking forward to using all the facilities from the pilates studio to the fitness centre, not forgetting the beach of course!"

Settle it once and for all—are you Scottish, British or Barbadian?

Haha, I'll be a bit of each since you are asking!

What advice would you give to our young aspiring tennis players?

Work hard, you can have all the ability in the world, but it’s extremely important that you work on every aspect of your game. There are always things you can improve, and always areas to progress. The most important thing is to have fun and just enjoy playing tennis.

Who has been your most terrifying adversary?

Marat Safin, the first time I played him I was quite young and new to the tour, he’s a great player and looked huge from my end of the court, so I was pretty nervous the first time I played him!

Other than the grass courts of Wimbledon, what is your favourite surface to play on?

The hard courts of New York have always been a special place for me. After winning my first junior grand slam and my first senior slam at Flushing Meadows its hard not to enjoy the courts every time I play on them, they hold some great memories!

Are you a Rihanna fan?

I’ve got a quite a varied music taste, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a few of her songs in my current playlist!

What is your favourite food?

I like a lot of different types of food but sushi would probably edge it.

BIO

How do you lure a Scotsman to Barbados?

Offer him the chance to do what he loves best in a piece of paradise, of course. Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be headlining The Dream Cup this year and the island is already abuzz with excitement.

The 26-year-old Scottish-born Murray has been playing for Britain since the age of 12 and is currently ranked number three in the world. He has had quite the year and a half, starting with winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics against Roger Federer and following up with his triumph over Novak Djokovic at the 2012 US Open to win the first Grand Slam title for Britain in over 70 years. Then, on July 7, 2013, the world watched as Murray took to centre court at Wimbledon and once again ruled over Djokovic to become the first Brit male to win the title since Fred Perry in 1936. 2013 is the Year of Murray and we are thrilled to have him on our shores.

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