Poor Andy Murray, you really have to feel sorry for him.
Since the not so ‘Tiger Tim’ Henman decided to call it a day Murray has become the poster boy for British tennis. But wait a minute, does Murray not regard himself as Scottish? Yes, and this is the first lesson for all you Murray haters out there - the Andy Murray you think you know does not exist.
The 24 year-old tennis star is streets ahead of Henman but some people take great delight in pointing out that Murray is not in the same league as say Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic. This may be the case but Murray has never claimed to better than any of the aforementioned, even though he has beaten all of them.
It’s very much the same for people who feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to shout at the television each time Murray’s mother, Judy, is shown watching her son. I can’t for the life of me understand why they get so annoyed. If I was competing at Wimbledon I would want my parents there - who wouldn’t?
Murray is definitely a tennis player with bags of talent. He has perhaps the best return serve in the world and he has reached several grand slam finals. Ok, he might not be as talented as Federer or as naturally gifted as Nadal but comparing Murray with either of these two champions is like comparing Didier Drogba with Pele. Murray is without doubt an excellent tennis player and to condemn him as anything otherwise just because he does not match up to exceptional individuals is just silly.
Murray haters should instead direct their ire towards the peddlers of the moronic palaver we have to endure each year - the English media.
It’s fair to say that Murray is shy and unassuming. He only ever makes the headlines for his performances on the tennis court and leads a very private life off it. He’s a young man who is very much at ease with himself but has been forced to compromise on certain aspects of his personality just to appease others.
I enjoy watching Murray play tennis and his match against 32-year-old Croat Ivan Ljubicic on Friday was a joy to behold. Whilst the weaknesses in Murray’s game (his second serve) were apparent it didn’t make the encounter any less enjoyable to watch.
Wimbledon is much more of a showpiece with someone like Murray in it than out of it. Murray gives those who only watch tennis for two weeks of the year a sense of drama and without him it would be boring and very straight-laced.
I really have to take my hat off to Murray because unlike most other tennis players he has to endure a barrage of inane questions after each match just because he is British. After beating his latest opponent Murray would probably like to go home, play a few video games and then have a nap - who wouldn’t? But instead, he has to try his best to give colourful answers to grey questions.
If Andy Murray were Irish many people in this part of the world would love him. He has a strong nationalist identity and isn’t one for pomp and ceremony. I think that the reason that so many people hate or dislike Andy Murray is because they buy into the image that has been created by the English media. I am not claiming to know Murray inside out or anything like that but unless you have information that I do not you should always give him the benefit of the doubt. Anyone for tennis?