Tennis

Is Andy Murray finally winning over the English?

Murray displayed his charm in Queen's charity match. (©GettyImages)
Murray displayed his charm in Queen's charity match. (©GettyImages).

There is no doubt Andy Murray is one of the greatest British tennis players there has been for years, yet there is still a common negative feeling toward him. 

Starting with his achievements in 2012, he won the US Open, a gold and silver medal at the Olympics and above all, he reached the Wimbledon final, the first Brit to do so in 74 years. 

This year, he's had a slight injury problem, but he heads into Wimbledon full of confidence, on the back of his third Queens title, after beating Marin Cilic 2-1.

It is very exciting that we finally have a British male singles player who we can genuinely expect big things from. Despite Murray's achievements in his career so far, so many people disregard Murray and questioning his passion and suggesting he has ‘no personality’. 

Firstly, to question his passion is ridiculous, especially since he gave that incredibly emotional interview following the Wimbledon final. 

After how moving that speech was, it is beyond me how anyone can question his passion for tennis and how grateful he is for the support he does receive.

With regards to people questioning his personality, it seems wrong that without us knowing the guy in person, that we should even question what he is like away from the court. 

Initially the way he comes across is that he is a shy and reserved sportsman, and seemed to have struggle with all the media interviews and press conference side that comes with being a professional tennis player. 

This is something that many sports fans don’t consider, that the ability to speak in front of people does not come naturally to everyone. Murray is famous because he is good at tennis not for public speaking, and so many seem to forget that. Some say he sounds really downbeat, but he can't help his voice.

Following the Queens final 2013, Murray was helping to host a charity event called 'Rally Against Cancer' for fellow tennis player and, more importantly, friend, Ross Hutchins. 

Sue Barker asked Murray about the final he'd just won, but all his focus and emotion was towards the charity game, which immediately followed. 

Murray has also been accused of giving deadpan and almost sarcastic responses to journalists and reporters. What can you expect when they ask such ridiculous questions? 

When I ask people those who are still anti-Murray why they dislike him, a frequent response is  that he ‘doesn’t like English fans’. 

It even sounds ridiculous. This has all stemmed from him saying, way back in 2006, that he did not want England to beat Paraguay in a World Cup game. Well, of course he doesn’t, he’s Scottish. 

Would every single England fan want Scotland to win a World Cup game, should they be in such a competition? No. And in what way does this suggest he does not like his English fans? He’s half English and his long-term girlfriend is English. The media will twist anything to get on someone’s back. 

Thankfully, I do know of several people whose opinion of Murray has changed slightly over the past year, and it does appear that his lovely, dry sense of humour and good nature is starting to show through to British tennis fans. 


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