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Interview: Andy Murray

1st July 2016

As Andy Murray continues his quest to win his second Wimbledon title, he took time out to answer some questions about his current coaching set-up and share his thoughts on the state of British tennis


Q: Can you describe how it feels to have Ivan Lendl on board again as your coach?
A: Yes it's great having him back on board. We had a pretty strong partnership before and he knows me pretty well from that, so it's been an easy adjustment having back as part of the team. He was happy with how I played at Queens and now we're working on what adjustments I need to make to put me in the best position for Wimbledon.

Q: You faced both Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund at The Aegon Championship recently, the first time you had faced a fellow British player for 11 years. Do you believe this will become more common and what does it mean for tennis in this country?
A: I hope so. It's not great that there haven't been any other British players for the past 11 years. The depth hasn't really been there in British tennis, but it is coming through now. Kyle is playing great tennis and has made great improvements over the past 18 months and Aljaz is pushing to get into the top 50. Dan Evans is also having a good year. And obviously Jamie is doing really well at the moment as are some of the other doubles guys. That's all positive for tennis here because it will hopefully inspire more people to pick up racket, and selfishly for me, it's nice having the other guys around.

Q: Kyle Edmund has cited you as one of his inspirations; do you see yourself as a role model for the younger British players coming up the ranks?
A:I don't really see myself like that, but if I can help them with things, then obviously I will. I've been around for a while now, and have had lots of different experiences on the Tour, so I'm happy to offer advice if it's needed.

Q: What advice would you give to the young guys entering the tour now?
A: Work hard. Try hard. And look after yourself.

Q: When you first won Wimbledon, you had 77 years’ worth of the expectation of a nation on your shoulders. Do you feel this pressure has lifted now?
A: Not really. I think there is always pressure going into any Grand Slam. As a player you put a lot of pressure on yourself all the time. I try to do what I can to feel calm before matches but you always know that expectation is there. You just hope you can do your best on court and try to take every match as it comes.

Q: A lot has changed since you won Olympic Gold four years ago, including your growing family. How much of their support will you count on going into the games in Rio this summer?
A: They won't be there obviously but they will definitely be watching and supporting from home, and that's good to know.

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Standard Life’s partnership with Tennis World Number 2 Andy Murray tells the story of advancing ambition and commitment to excellence as part of the ‘Master Your Dreams’ campaign. For more films featuring Andy Murray head to withAndy.com

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