Andy Murray on weddings, tennis and his perfect dinner party

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MoneyPlus Features Team

22nd May 2015 at 3:29pm

Andy Murray

Interview with Andy Murray

Here at MoneyPlus we’re delighted to say we’ve just been served a real ace – we’ve netted an interview with Andy Murray. The British tennis star took time out of his busy schedule to hold court and provide us with a fascinating and fun insight into his life, goals and plans for the future.

As a team that never likes to shirk a challenge we thought we’d take full advantage of this grand slam opportunity and chip him a few tricky teasers. As expected, Andy fielded everything we put his way, knocking up a volley of great returns. Here’s what he had to say…

2013 Wimbledon win or wedding day – which one was better and why?

Tough question! Both were incredible (and emotional) days in their own right and definitely days I won’t forget in a hurry. Winning Wimbledon was a lifelong goal; it’s such a special tournament – especially being British. Over the years I’ve become accustomed to the pressure and when I won my instant reaction was relief (quickly followed by joy though). The wedding day was different because it wasn’t just about me; it was about me and my wife Kim, which made it that extra bit special.

We’ve always said the best time for us isn’t when we’re travelling around the world but when we’re at home spending time together with our family, friends and our dogs around us – a theme that heavily featured on the day, and yes, Maggie and Rusty were there!

You turned down the opportunity to sell your wedding day stories and pictures – why was this?

We have always tried to keep our relationship private and we’ve never really posed for magazines or done interviews together, so we didn’t think it was right for us to make an exception on our wedding day.

It was a very personal day for us and we just really wanted all our family and friends around us to enjoy and remember the day with us. Holding the service at Dunblane Cathedral was important to us. The town has supported me through my entire career, so to share the first part of the day with the town and then the rest with our closest family and friends was special.

What else do you really want to achieve in life, both from the sporting side and also outside tennis and after tennis?

After I won Wimbledon I went through a period of not knowing what to aim for next. Wimbledon for me was always the pinnacle and to finally win that will probably outweigh anything else I ever achieve on the court. After a couple of months though, the hunger and desire returned and the goal for me still remains the same; I want to win Masters and Grand Slam events. I would love to win Wimbledon again, I just need to keep pushing myself to be the best I can and who knows what could happen.

When it comes to putting my racket away, I hope that when I’m finished I will have created a lasting legacy – I hope that people remember that I was always someone that gave 100% and I hope that inspires people with their own challenges, sporting or otherwise.

I’m also passionate about getting fit and healthy and this is something that I’m going to be spending more time on in the next few years. I’m trying to make sure that my decisions are smart both on and off the court, so I have been working hard to build a business portfolio outside of tennis. I opened my own sports management agency (77) a few years ago and I also own a hotel in Scotland just outside my home town of Dunblane. As well as these things I’m also incredibly interested in wearable technology and digital health and how they can be used to develop and analyse athletes.

I’ve been in talks with a crowd funding platform, as I’m keen to help budding entrepreneurs, so watch this space! It’s incredibly important to me to give back, and I try and do this through partnering with charities. I’m currently a global ambassador for the WWF and United For Wildlife. Looking after the animals of this world is something that I’m very passionate about and something that I hope to champion long after my playing days. I also work with UNICEF and various cancer charities, and it’s a privilege being involved in the great work they do.

Which 5 people (dead or alive) would you invite for dinner and why?

Muhammad Ali

I’m a huge boxing fan, and his career still fascinates me. He’s one of the greatest boxers and sportsmen of all time, so to have five minutes, let alone dinner with him, would be amazing

David Walsh (sports journalist)

David has been integral in attempting to expose drug cheats in sport, Lance Armstrong being one of the highest profile cases. Anti-doping and making sure we compete in a clean sport is something that I’m very passionate about, so I think we could have a lot of very interesting conversations.

Sir Alex Ferguson

I know Sir Alex well, and when it comes to advice he is second to none. You don’t coach a team to 20 premier league titles by fluke, he’s incredibly knowledgeable, a great guy and it’s always fascinating to be around him.

Fred Perry

I think it would be pretty cool to learn how tennis has evolved since the time when Fred was playing. It would also just be pretty cool to have dinner with the guy I aspired to emulate for so long. I’m not too sure on number 5, so if I could have a table of 4 with Ed Sheeran playing some of his songs live in the background that would be perfect, I’m a big fan.

If you could play any tennis star from the past who would it be and why?

Either of my coaches (Amelie Mauresmo or Jonas Bjorkman). I would love to play either of them whilst playing in their prime; we always like to joke about who would win a match if we were to play each other at the top of our game.

How many days off do you get and how do you spend them?

Not many! The tennis schedule is so busy it’s often hard to take days off. More often than not, days when I’m not competing will be spent working on things in the gym and on the court. Occasionally if I’m away or on a training block and have a day off I might go and explore the city but usually I just try and rest, spend time with Kim, and get ready for the next big game.

How do you prepare for big competitions and games now and is this preparation any different from how you prepared before you won your first big title?

It’s extremely important to me to be able to compete at the highest level and to the best of my ability at every tournament I play and because of this my preparation is nearly the same for every tournament. I’m extremely focused on making sure that I’m well rested and hydrated and that I’m confident I’m ready for the match.

I’ll talk through tactics with my coaching team before the match, spend some time with my physio, and then go through my usual warm-up routine. My warm-up routine is the same every time; it’s an important time for me as it’s really the time where I start to focus and get myself in the zone.

What advice have you listened to in the past?

I’ve been given some incredible advice over the years, most of which is very personal, that I like to keep written down for me to look at every now and then. However, when I was younger, someone told me that there really is nothing more important than learning to treat others as you would want to be treated and to always be yourself. I’ve experienced first hand that not everyone always likes that, but as long as you stay true to yourself you can’t go wrong! We think you’ll agree it was advantage Andy. We’d like to thank him again for sharing his thoughts and serving up this match winning insight.

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