I ask him if he finds it easy to express his emotions to those he loves. “ But I find it much more difficult to show my emotions around men. I don’t know why. I want to let them know how much they mean to me, and how much I appreciate all the help they have given me, but it is difficult. I try to compensate by putting everything into my tennis. I want to show them how much they mean by winning.”
I ask if he is talking primarily about his father, Will, who separated from his mother when Murray was 9. “Yes, I guess so. Because my mum’s around a lot at competitions people tend to focus on her. They don’t see my dad as much, but that doesn’t mean he is not a big part of my life. He has always been there, supporting me whenever I have needed it. And that is part of my motivation. Some people are motivated by money, others by winning tournaments, and others by creating history. But I think a lot of my drive comes from wanting to repay those close to me. It is a nice feeling to win and know that loved ones are made up because of it.”
After the wimbledon final..
What a sad photo, but at least Andy has since given his Dad a lot to feel very happy about. He's always said how much he values his friends, so what a lovely way of expressing his feelings. I think a lot of men find it difficult to show their emotions around other men, perhaps because they're afraid that they'll be thought 'unmanly'. Thankfully though that attitude is changing.
Maybe Andy's Dad is quite content to be out of the limelight, although I'm glad that he's now at least able to sit in the family box at tournaments. It used to be awful at Wimbledon in the past when he had to sit amongst the rest of the spectators like he was an outsider. Perhaps it might have been a bit awkward, although Andy has always said that their separation and divorce was an amicable one and that his parents have always remained friends. Even so, it still must have been a very difficult thing for Andy and Jamie to cope with.