Throw down your racket and scream in disgust, tennis player Jamie Murray is taking style tips from John McEnroe.
HE'S NOT a vain lad but Jamie Murray has earned the prerogative to be talking about himself. For so long there was the suspicion that the elder of the Murray siblings was simply considered a source of information on Andy, a conduit to his thoughts and emotions. For him, there was always the nagging doubt that it was his brother people were interested in rather than him.Now he is fine interview fodder in his own right – the first of the brothers to win a Grand Slam title. The fact he did it while appealing to the base instincts of the superficially romantic reality-TV generation made it all the more newsworthy, with the pairing of Murray and Serbian Jelena Jankovic causing great interest. They insisted they were just friends, despite the promises of kisses for points and obvious on-court flirting. Even now, a year on, the Scot remains coy.
But, at 22, he is a young guy, enjoying his success. Whether it's the new-found fame, the ability to buy his own place near Wimbledon so he no longer has to bunk down at his brother's, or the extra invites he receives, he is making the most of it. The off-court highlight, he says without hesitation, has been his appearance on Question of Sport. But it is the on-court clout and added confidence it has given him which could be the greatest reward long-term.Short-term, it furnishes him with greater self-belief going into Wimbledon than he may have had, given the way the first half of 2008 has failed to fully ignite for him and his latest men's doubles partner Max Mirnyi. The Beast, as the Belarus former world doubles No.1 is known, linked up with Murray towards the end of last year, but despite Mirnyi's record as a two-times doubles winner at Roland Garros, it has proved a tough clay-court campaign for the duo.