Andy Murray was interviewed at London’s Queen’s Club on Tuesday, where he’ll be defending champ in just a months’ time. In his brutally honest fashion, Murray admits that he’s looking forward to the inevitable excitement around this summer’s World Cup (running from June 11th – July 11th) because it will take some of the media focus off him come Wimbledon. World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world (per Wikipedia), surpassing even the Olympics for global interest. Football is by far the most popular sport in Britain. So maybe Andy’s on to something. Murray via The Guardian:
“The World Cup is huge and the amount of media coverage it gets is massive so it kinds of splits up that side of things a little bit, which will probably make it a little bit easier. “In the build-up, the demands on my time might get a little bit less. There might not be people following me around as much, some of the paparazzi and the people that come to your door to speak to you about your personal life – some of them might be at the World Cup. Obviously, that makes things a bit nicer for me.”
You know I’ve been enjoying theorizing about Andy Murray’s recent slump. I’m wondering if this comment sheds some light on his lackluster losses post-Australian Open. Lowered standards + the world’s most popular sporting event = less pressure at the All England Club. Hey, players have admitted to crazier acts of self-delusion:
Here are some photos of Muzzah hanging out with the great big Queen’s Club trophy. It’s my favorite, after the Wimby ones. The British do hardware right.
Oh, you gorgeous thing:
Queen’s Club a.k.a. the AEGON Championships runs from June 7 – June 13, 2010. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be there, too.
Wimbledon runs from June 21 – July 4, 2010.