‘I’ve really missed playing in front of a big crowd on Centre Court,’ Andy Murray excited to be back at Wimbledon

In the pre tournament press conference, 2-time champion Andy Murray spoke about his preparations coming into the tournament and how excited he is to be back playing in front of his home crowd.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Former world no.1 and crowd favorite Andy Murray will make his much anticipated return to the All England Club via a wildcard for the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. The Brit last competed at Wimbledon in 2017 and has been sidelined due to injuries since then. He isn’t still sure about his groin injury statues but is looking forward to step on the center court on Monday.

In the pre tournament press conference, Murray spoke about his return at SW19 and how much he had missed playing in front of a packed center court.

“Six or seven years ago, I didn’t fear that pressure but it was something that I stressed quite a lot about,” the 2-time champion said. “When I reflect on the last few years, it’s actually something I’ve really missed, playing in front of a big crowd on Centre Court.”

“That’s what tennis players and tennis fans want to do. There have been times in my career where I’ve been anxious about that. Whereas right now, I’m looking forward to feeling that pressure. I’m not anxious about going out there to perform. I just want to go do it.”

‘Getting to play with Roger was really cool for me’: Andy Murray

Roger Federer and Andy Murray
Roger Federer and Andy Murray

Earlier on Saturday, Murray had a quick practice session with long time rival and friend Roger Federer. The Brit revealed that hitting with top players has helped him a lot.

He said: “I’ve had some good practices with top players. I would like to have done more. But I’m also trying to manage the physical side as well, which is very important. I want to go into Wimbledon feeling as fresh and as comfortable as possible when I get out there.”

“Getting to play with Roger was really cool for me. They’re the sort of things that probably six, seven years ago I wouldn’t have given any thought to it. I would have seen that as just being a practice session pre-major with a top player, and focusing on myself.”

“I’m probably appreciating those things more. When I take a step back from that, as a tennis fan, getting to play with Roger Federer two days before Wimbledon, it’s really great. I haven’t had the opportunity to do that sort of stuff much over the last few years. I enjoyed that.”

Murray will have a tough first round match against 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in front of his home crowd on centre court on Monday.

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