Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Sir Andy Murray Expresses His Ambition To Work In Football When He Retires

Sir Andy Murray

Sir Andy Murray has revealed that he would like to be involved in football when he retires from tennis.

Murray, 29, should still have a number of years left at the top, but in an interview with The Times he spoke of his plans for when he hangs up his racket.

“I would like to do something in football,” Murray said. “I watch loads of it. I am into my fantasy sports a lot.”

The world No 1 tennis player has always been an avid football fan, supporting Scottish Championship side Hibernian, whom his grandfather Roy Erskine played for in the 1950s. Murray also admits to having a soft spot for Arsenal, and last year picked his ultimate Gunners 5-a-side team with club legend Robert Pires.

As well as football, Murray plans to stay in tennis, most likely as a coach. “I am sure I will always have some involvement in tennis," he said. "I would like to give something back as tennis has obviously given a lot to me. I do care about British tennis a lot, I would like to see it doing better.

“Something within British tennis probably, potentially coaching another player.”

Murray also explained that he is looking forward to being able to spend more time with his wife Kim and 11-month old daughter Sophia when he retires.

“I would like to try my hand at coaching at some stage but I wouldn’t think immediately after I finish,” Murray said.

“I would like to spend a lot of time at home with family and see my child, or children, growing up.”

Murray is currently going through his final preparations for the Australian Open, which begins next Monday. The Scot has lost a record five finals in the first grand slam of the year, but dismisses the idea that he has a "mental hurdle" to get over in Melbourne.

Murray will be helped this time around by being the No 1 seed for the first time ever at a major, even if the bookmakers still have Novak Djokovic as the slight favourite to win the tournament.

In the last warm-up match before the start of the event, Djokovic edged Murray in a pulsating three-hour Qatar Open final on Saturday. As the top two seeds down under, the pair are expected to once again meet in the final, as they have done on four previous occasions, with Djokovic the winner on each occasion.



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