Murray ready for Grand Slam victory
on January 5, 2009 by Administrator
Andy Murray has spoken out about his successful year in the world of tennis, despite recently missing out on the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The player believes that he is coming close to winning a Grand Slam, an achievement which has always been a dream for the Scottish youngster. Andy Murray is still only twenty-one years of age but has climbed the world rankings this year to reach the lofty position of number four.
Reaching the US Open final was a highlight of his year and, although he was defeated by Roger Federer, his impressive run in the tournament proved to his many fans that he is capable of winning a Grand Slam in the near future. Murray stated that he did not believe he was able to win a major title until he came so close to victory in the USA.
The confidence that Murray, who has been working with a new coach since the latter stages of last year, has gained from his impressive season has given him the motivation to “work hard this off-season”.
He believes that putting in that extra effort in the short-term will give him the best chance of winning a Grand Slam next year. The player recognised that achieving this ambitious goal will be “very hard” but he is determined to give it his “best shot”.
Although Murray’s year has been filled with high points, the player was keen to discuss the low points as well. One such disappointment came at the Beijing Olympic Games, where Murray crashed out in the first round.
He has since blamed this failure on unprofessional behaviour during the build-up to the tournament. Despite this minor setback last summer, Murray’s growing confidence and self-belief should set off alarm bells in the minds of all his competitors.