Andy Murray begins his US Open marketing campaign on Monday after being handed a tricky draw.
He’ll face quantity three seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Flushing Meadows within the ultimate Grand Slam of the 12 months.
There have been promising indicators for the 34-year-old since getting back from his career-threatening hip harm following surgical procedure in 2019.
The 2012 champion will hope for an prolonged run in New York as he enjoys the twilight of his profession.
It has been a fairly sensible profession for Murray profitable three Grand Slams, whereas shedding within the ultimate of eight others.
It was not all the time tennis the Scottish-born star thrived at and needed to decide between sports activities when he was a young person.
Murray was a proficient footballer when he was youthful and even had the possibility to coach with Rangers.
In an interview in 2009, he mentioned: “I completely beloved taking part in soccer and once I was 14 or 15 I needed to make the choice on what I used to be going to do.
“I obtained requested to go to coach on the Rangers College of Excellence however it was solely every week or two after that I made a decision I needed to make the selection.
“One of many causes was that you simply had a rating system in tennis at a younger age and you’ll decide the place you’re at. With soccer, you by no means actually know. There are such a lot of youngsters taking part in everywhere in the UK.
“I used to be within the high 4 or 5 in Europe at tennis once I was 13-14 however I might have been the 25th greatest or in all probability worse than that in Scotland at soccer however I’d by no means know.
“I by no means obtained to journey with it however I did love taking part in and being a part of a workforce.
“Clearly I made a very good choice however I nonetheless love soccer. I nonetheless practise rather a lot and play five-a-sides once I can.”
In fact, Murray is prone to have few regrets as tennis noticed him grow to be the no.1 participant on the earth in a era that noticed all-time greats like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
It was not solely taking part in soccer the 34-year-old loved, he admitted to being hooked on taking part in Professional Evolution Soccer throughout his early years as an expert tennis participant.
He could be up till the early hours of the morning, even when he had massive video games the subsequent day, taking part in the sport.
He mentioned: “I’d journey with a Ps in all places till in all probability I used to be, like, 26. I used to be taking part in approach an excessive amount of.
“I needed to play tennis the subsequent day and I used to be taking part in till 2 or 3am. It will be hours, not minutes. Professional Evolution Soccer is what I used to play.”
Murray can also be a passionate Scotland fan and loves Liverpool hero Andy Robertson.
When requested who his favorite participant is, he mentioned: “Most likely Andrew Robertson.
“I did one thing over Zoom with him and he appeared beautiful.
“However I identical to watching him play. He has an unbelievable engine, works actually onerous, appears very humble. So, yeah, I’d take him.”