“For me, it has always been about tennis. It’s not about the other stuff, like going to a movie premiere,” he says. “I would way rather be at home. Going to the cinema for me is a private thing. I try to live normally. Fame is not something I would wish upon anyone, because I don’t enjoy it.”
“I always try to be very polite and sign as many autographs as possible, pose for pictures with people. It’s quite nice when you go to the shops and people ask to have a photograph taken with you. I like it when people come up and talk, but I get uptight and nervous when I turn around and there is a camera phone in my face. You never know when people are taking pictures.”
When I stop playing, I would be very interested in working with children in sport, perhaps an academy or something like that,” he says. Murray is passionate about the benefits of sport and keen to promote it back in his homeland.
“One of the reasons I feel there should be more sport available to kids is that when I was at school it was very difficult to exercise,” he says. “We didn’t have the same programmes as there are in other parts of the world. I had to miss the odd lesson to go to practise tennis.”
He believes sport can be the basis of a good life. “There are a lot of jobs in sport, so people can make a career out of it,” he says. “If there were more sports in school, it would definitely help. Not everyone is that good academically.”
“I don’t feel good if I spend four or five days away from it,” he says. “When I’m not playing tennis, I still like to exercise. When I was younger, I used to play golf, tennis, table tennis, football …”