Nice article by Jamie
I can’t bear to watch
I’d love Andy to win Wimbledon today. But it will be agony watching him try.
Sometimes I think I would rather watch it on TV, instead of on Centre Court.
You can’t relax.
If Andy is there playing and I’m talking to my wife and laugh or whatever, he’s looking up and thinking: “What are they doing laughing? I’m 4-4 in the third set here against this guy.”
I sit next to my mum and she’s getting up and cheering.
My dad is sitting in front of me. Andy’s team is a row in front of that.
No one enjoys sitting there watching the match.
You have such a vested interest in it. I would rather not be there.
But if I want to watch the match, that’s what I have to do.
There aren’t any other seats available!
At home you could get up and walk around if you don’t want to watch for a few games or to go to the toilet or get some food.
In Centre Court you have to stay in your seat and do what’s expected.
You’ve got to be there to show your support.
Because the Wimbledon title is the biggest prize in tennis. It’s the culmination of your life’s work.
Some days you don’t want to play.
What separates the champions from the rest of the field is they are still willing to get out and do it when they don’t feel like it. That’s when the best work is done.
Andy has taken some big decisions and made some big sacrifices. Probably the most significant was to go to Spain and train there.
It wasn’t our parents packing his bag and sending him off, it was all his own doing.
For a 15-year-old, that’s a huge decision.
To leave home, family, friends — everything.
I went to the same academy in Barcelona for three months. It was very, very difficult.
You hit thousands and thousands of tennis balls there. I’ve never been anywhere else like it.
It was like Barcelona football club.
Whether it was the eight-year-old kids or the professionals they were doing the same exercises and were taught the same philosophy.
Look at the country as a whole. There are so many Spanish tennis players doing great things.
And they’re not just at the top of the game, but also ranked between 100 and 500.
I’m sure Britain would do no harm to try to learn from that.
But today Britain will be watching Andy. Although it’s our home tournament, we hardly see each other at Wimbledon because of different schedules. But I did go to the locker room after the semi-final to say well done.
He was relieved. He had nothing to gain from winning the match. Everyone expected him to beat Jerzy Janowicz.
Now he’s in the final and playing Novak Djokovic, no one can say he’s the favourite. At best it’s 50-50.
For me, it’s more important that he performs well.
If it takes an exceptional performance to beat him, you can live with that.
When you know how much they want to win, and they don’t perform well, that’s when it gets sad or emotional.
It’s his seventh Grand Slam final, his fourth in a row. That’s a ridiculous level to achieve.
The last two or three finals he has played some great tennis and I expect he’ll do that again.
Whether that’s going to be enough, I don’t know, because Djokovic is so damn good as well.
Sometimes I have pictured in my mind Andy winning Wimbledon. It would be amazing.
No one would then ask about how many years it was since a British player last won!
But whether he wins or loses, I will still be proud of what he has done.http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/5000911/Jamie-Murray-I-cant-bear-to-watch-my-brother-play-tennis.html