I came across this today. Some interesting points from Tiger
Where has your reputation for being boring come from?
The media in this country blow things out of proportion. When I started playing professionally, I was trying to deflect the press attention and keep things in perspective. That was my way of dealing with it. When people asked me a question, I ended up giving the right answer rather than the honest one as my way of keeping things as calm as possible.
Do you regret not being more honest?
Yes, in hindsight I do. When you’re 21 and have to face a situation like that, you learn as you go along. Looking back, I would have done things differently.
I’d have been more honest – not that I was lying, I wasn’t – but I could have been more open. I’ve never been interested in all the attention that goes with the game off-court, though. It’s just not in my personality to pursue fame.
Is it helpful when people yell ‘Come on, Tim’ at you?
Ha, ha. There are times when they’re all screaming ‘Come on’ at me and I want to turn round and say: ‘Do you think I missed that shot on purpose?’ In matches, you don’t hear individual comments – 15,000 people going nuts for you is amazing. You hear individuals more when you’re warming up. I was in Australia earlier this year and some girl shouted: ‘Do it for Chiswick.’ I was thinking: ‘Why the hell are you shouting that?’
Is Andrew Murray the new Tim Henman?
No, he wants to be the first Andy Murray. He’s a fantastic player. He’s a good example of why I was careful about making comments in interviews. He had a bad match in Australia and jokingly said he was playing like a woman. It was taken out of context by the press and became a big distraction for him when he was going into a grand slam.
Do people always expect British players to win Wimbledon?
It’s a benchmark. When I started out, people would have been ecstatic if I made it into the Top 100. But then they think ‘he’s got to be in the Top 50’ then it’s the Top 20, Top 10 and I got up to number four. Maybe that’s as good as I was meant to be – but if there are only three people on the planet who are better than you, then I don’t think that’s doing too badly.
Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/interviews/11548-60-second-interview-tim-henman#ixzz1wcCrpta9
Andy, you carry on being Andy Murray and it will be my pleasure to continue to watch and enjoy, without judgement