Andy Murray, the world’s number 2 tennis singles player, will start defending his title against Viktor Troicki on Sunday at 2016 Rio Olympics. He is known for his ability to anticipate and react, which makes him transition for a shot quickly.
His groundstrokes may be stable very stable with a low error rate, compensated with an all-court game, but when handling the Great Britain flag at a pre-Olympics event prior to the ceremony he simply didn’t know what to do.
Given the honor of being the country’s flag bearer, Andy Murray got caught up in awkward moments and was confused with instructions on what to do with the flag.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Murray in the press conference said, “I’m going to blame the photographers for what happened last night, because I was being given directions and then ended up putting the flag in Princess Anne’s face. I didn’t know what to do to be honest.
“The flag’s huge, so as soon as I took the flag it was covering someone’s face. Last night didn’t go so well. But I see the funny side of it and try and get a bit of practice before tomorrow night.”
It looked funny indeed, drawing laughter from the crowd, and a bit embarrassing too. Standing beside Princess Anne, the latter almost got poked with flag Andy Murray handled while positioning for the press.
What Andy Murray considers his proudest moment for being chosen as flag bearer, at the moment was more comedic than anything, as Princess Anne turns to tell him just to make sure not to poke her eye out.
He’ll be carrying the GB flag on Friday for the opening ceremony, which could possibly the last, as Britain will likely be broken up from the Union. Scotland shall be marching with its own banner.
Andy Murray is known for his stance on pro-Scottish independence during the 2014 referendum. Regarding an underlying conflict being GB’s flag bearer he said-
“I’ve been competing for Great Britain since I was 10 years old. My record when I compete for my country speaks for itself. I love the feeling of competing for my country. I feel like it’s brought the best out of me throughout my career.” according to The Telegraph.
I’m very proud to have won many big matches – the Davis Cup and Wimbledon, the Olympics in London as well. The silver in the mixed doubles, too. I’m going to do my best to make the country proud again and to have a good run here.”
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