From the presser ...
Q: What was it like playing in front of the Royal couple? Do you feel any extra pressure when you have such high profile guests in the crowd?
ANDY MURRAY: No, you don’t. You have to try and, you know, focus on what your job is. That’s trying to get the job done on the court. You can enjoy it afterwards. I didn’t know they were coming. I wasn’t told. So as I was walking to the court I don’t know if he’s, someone from the Evening Standard told me. Is he here? Yeah, he told me that Kate and Pippa were coming. I didn’t know if it was true, because no one else had heard anything. Yeah, obviously I saw them when I went out. Yeah, it’s obviously great to get the chance to play in front of them. But when you’re playing the match you’re not focusing on that.
Q: You had the wherewithal to make a bow.
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah. Well, I was obviously very happy after the match. I think that was the right thing to do.
Q: It came across as very funny. William and Kate laughed; you smiled. It was an amusing thing. Was it something you planned before?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I hadn’t planned on doing it before. When the queen came to our match last year we were told she was coming and that we would bow when we went on and off the court. But today we weren’t told anything, so it was just, yeah, sort of off the cuff. Yeah, didn’t think too much about it. If it was funny, that’s fine, but I wasn’t intending it to be funny.
Q: Did you get to meet them afterwards?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I did. If I’d known they were coming, I would have shaved (smiling). I was thinking to myself as I came off I was sweaty and very hairy. I said to them, I’m sorry, I’m a bit sweaty. But, yeah, it was really nice. Like for me those things are always quite difficult because there’s a lot of people around, so it’s not the most natural way to be introduced to people. But it was very nice to get to meet them.
Q: What did they say to you?
ANDY MURRAY: Just, Well done on the match. Asked me how it was out there. That was it. Wasn’t a long conversation.
Q: Given the unreliability of Royal arrivals here, do you think you should shave every match just in case they turn up?
ANDY MURRAY: Uhm, yeah, I’ve been told to shave by a few people the last five or six days, and I just haven’t got round to it. It’s at the length now where it actually hurts a little bit, so I always put it off a wee bit till I have a bit of time.
Q: Until you’re brave enough?
ANDY MURRAY: It hurts around here. My hair is starting to get more manly now. It hurts a little bit. (Smiling.)