Murray says he fears becoming Wimbledon champ

Sunday, June 20, 2010

LONDON - British tennis star Andy Murray says the pressure to become Wimbledon champion has become so huge that he would rather concentrate his efforts on winning the U.S. Open.o Brit has won the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 74 years. The last one to do so was Fred Perry.

Murray, who is currently seeded fourth in world rankings, says that he is scared he might not be able to cope with being crowned champion of the All England club.

“If I won Wimbledon I don’t really want to think what would happen. It does change everything in your life; from being just a tennis player to being a huge, huge star and that’s something that would be difficult to deal with. I’m sure for someone from another country it changes your life, but not in the same way it would if a Brit won. It would be very, very difficult,” News of The World quotes Murray, as saying.

“I’d rather win the US Open. It’s not that I don’t like Wimbledon. On the contrary, but I have always had a preference for the US Open, which is the one I’d like to win as a priority. The fans in New York are different from those in London and elsewhere. Over there, there’s a little touch of madness that I like,” he adds.

Murray, 23, will take on the Czech Republic’s Jan Hajek in his first match on Tuesday and has been handed a kind draw that should see him progress to the fourth round before a potential clash with Queen’s Club winner Sam Querrey. (ANI)

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