"Try being a British player going into a Grand Slam. It’s not easy."
Andy Murray shrugs aside the ‘nerves’ question in the press conference following his gritty win over India’s Somdev Devvarman in the first round at the US Open.
Murray clarified his statement:
“It was a little bit of a joke, a little bit of truth in it. I think for anyone that sort of wants to go on and win a slam or, you know, feels like they’re in with a shot, you know, I think it’s natural to start. You know, you put a lot of effort and preparation into getting ready for these events and, you know, you don’t want to get off to a bad start or whatever. I think nerves are a good thing. I think it shows you care and that, like I say, I put a lot into getting ready for it. I hope my game’s going to be there and the hard work pays off.”
What he really meant:
“The weight of expectations from the press (you guys) is heavy on my shoulders. I’m stooped before my time.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Let’s grab Tim Henman and get him to elaborate further.”
The Womens’ Tennis Association (WTA) have sanctioned the forming of a mutual aid society , No. 1s Anonymous (Who Have Never Won A Major), whose primary purpose is to help players stay focused (and No.1) and to help past and present No.1s clinch majors.
The self-help body is co-founded by Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina.
What he said:
Ireland’s Trent Johnston tweets to Graeme Smith, on hearing about the South African captain’s engagement
Congrats on the good news @GraemeSmith49. We r looking for an opener here in Dublin – Unfortunately we can’t offer you any 50 over cricket!
What he definitely didn’t :
“We have our own version of the IPL here”