Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has revealed that he goes into every match thinking it could be his last.
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Speaking to reporters after marking his return to singles action since March with an emphatic straight-set win over Frenchman Benoit Paire in his opening clash at Queens ATP 500 on Tuesday, Murray said he wants to make the most of whatever’s left of his career.
A fiery competitor in his heydays, the Scot from Dunblane has no qualms admitting that his best years are behind him and it’s a struggle to get through a tournament unscathed these days.
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Andy Murray regrets not enjoying the small things that come with being a tennis player
Revealing that he felt some discomfort in his groin during his Queen’s Club opener, Murray said unlike his best years when he was too focused on his game to cherish the little things that go with being a professional tennis player, he now takes more time out of a tennis season to do the same.
“I just wish when I was coming into these events and stuff and tournaments, like 10 years ago, I always stressed a lot. I always got quite stressed out before these times of year. I was very focused on my tennis and stuff,” the Briton said.
On how he prepares mentally for matches these days, Murray said he always tells himself that the next match could be his last and he would go out looking to enjoy every moment of it and he is not sure if those moments will come again.
“I’m always sort of telling myself, and maybe it’s not the best mindset, but each match could be my last one, you know, that I play now. I want to make the most of every match that I play and each tournament that I get the chance to compete in,” Murray said.
He said he often regrets not appreciating the small things like returning to the grass court after a long time or playing at the back-end of the clay season enough.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Andy Murray (GBR) in action during the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, on July 5, 2017, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Cynthia Lum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
After intermittent spells on the sidelines with injuries or fitness issues, the Scottsman entered the doubles draw at this year’s Italian Open.
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“I just wish I had appreciated the small moments and stuff like walking back on the grass court for the first time, like off the back of the clay season, just enjoying those moments. Then celebrating wins and enjoying them more than probably what I did,” Murray said.
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However, he added that being in top-line competition for a number of years, it was tough not to ignore the small things as he always had to keep focus on the next match or the next tournament.
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Andy Murray’s wedding ring and shoes returned following Indian Wells disappearance
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and tennis shoes have been recovered after they seemingly disappeared in the California desert.
The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and left his tennis shoes outside underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.
And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.
In an Instagram video posted late on Thursday, which was shared on Twitter by the ATP Tour Murray said: “I just want to send a quick message to say a huge thanks for all the messages and also to everyone for sharing the story about the shoes and the wedding ring.
“(I) had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything.
“Little update for everyone,” he said as he raised the shoes into view.
“Would you believe it, they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go.”
The shoes are back. 👟
The ring is back. 💍
Let’s go, @andy_murray!!! 💪#BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/hA5VKX98mm
— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 7, 2021
In an earlier post, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring – to help him smooth things over with his frustrated wife.
He explained leaving his shoes to dry out under his car as “I have no balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out”.
Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral. The couple now have four children.
The Scot is due to play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Indian Wells on Friday.
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