Andy Murray may have cruised into the second round at Wimbledon, but he was far from impressed with post-match questioning about the England football team’s performance at the World Cup.
Mark Bollons reports live from Wimbledon
The British number one was a convincing 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 winner over Belgium’s David Goffin out on Centre Court, claiming the first set in under 30 minutes and the match in just over two hours.
However, questions on the weight of expectation following the Three Lions’ failure in Brazil didn’t sit particularly well with the Scot, who was polite in response but clearly far from happy. He went as far as to reference Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's press conferences, insisting he's never heard him talk about tennis.
"I'm here to do my thing. I don't think that the English football team get asked about me in their press conferences. So I'd appreciate it if that wasn't brought up when I was playing because I'm yet to hear Wayne Rooney talk about my matches at Wimbledon,” he responded.
"I don't think it's fair."
Rooney has shown his support for Murray in the past, with the Red Devils hitman in the Royal Box for last year's final against Novak Djokovic. More at home in the Old Trafford box than rubbing shoulders with royalty, Rooney has also Tweeted his support for Murray in the past - notably after a win at the French Open back in 2012.
Murray was eager to talk about the tennis - unsurprising as he looks to defend the title he fought so hard to win last year - but there was also a moment to discuss his role as guest editor for the Beano.
Having featured on the cover of GQ magazine 12 months earlier, it’s a different sort of magazine that the number three seed has featured in this time around, but it was an enjoyable opportunity all the same.
“That was a magazine that I read a lot when I was a kid. It was good fun. I was a bit like Dennis (the Menace) probably. I wasn't particularly well‑behaved when I was a kid. My mum would definitely say that,” he joked.
“It was good fun, a nice thing to do. Yeah, those are the sort of things that come up around this time of year for me.”
A more pressing matter for Murray is now the challenge of Blaz Rola, who won earlier in the day on the outside courts to set up a meeting with Murray on Wednesday.
The Slovenian has subsequently said he hopes he doesn’t ‘poop his pants’ on the big stage, and whilst Murray wouldn’t comment on the remark itself, he was happy to discuss his incredible welcome earlier in the day.
As reigning champion, the Brit got to open proceedings out on Centre for the tournament, and he was thrilled with the reception he received.
“It was nice. Obviously, like I said the other day, I was pretty nervous and stuff before the match. Then when you're walking to the court, you know, I have a lot of memories obviously from last year,” he said with a smile.
“To come to the court and get that reception, yeah, it was very nice to come out. I think the crowd was pretty much full from the start - it was great. I enjoyed it for the walk to the chair. Then when I sat down, it was time to get on with business.”
And that he most certainly did. Murray will hope to continue impressing when he meets Rola on Wednesday, and with a favourable draw the signs now look good for world number five to make another deep run at SW19.
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