World No. 2 Andy Murray is glad about the upswing of British players in the Wimbledon tournament, the most drawn since 2006. In fact, he will be facing a fellow Briton on Tuesday. Murray will be facing the World No. 234 Liam Broady in the first round of the men’s singles category.
The determined Broady, left-handed, has been chasing his Wimbledon dream by competing in distant tournaments around the world, such as Uzbekistan. He was the Junior Doubles Champion at the Wimbledon back in 2010 and was a Junior Wimbledon runner-up in 2011.
Andy Murray says it will feel strange competing against Broady, but it will be a great experience for his opponent being able to showcase his skills on the center court. It will surely feel strange since Murray said he had never competed against a compatriot in Wimbledon.
“Obviously [playing a Brit at Wimbledon] never happened before, for me anyway,” the Britain’s finest player said. But it will be odd since the two fairly know each other, practiced together after the Australian Open, and is one of the guys in the new generation of British players he has mentored.
Murray commented on Broady, “He’s a good guy, works hard. I would imagine we’d probably play on one of the big courts, so a big experience for him as well.”
Being a football fan, Broady said, “It’s a real David v Goliath, Leicester City winning the league situation, maybe even less likely. Or it would be like Stockport County winning the Premier League in one season from the Vanarama North.”
Liam Broady has earned a total of around £100k (including his latest win) his entire career and mostly lived in his car while pursuing his career due to a bitter dispute with family members. The Mirror reports him relying on assistance from friends while in the United Kingdom.
Murray describes the influx of British competitors in Wimbledon as having a feel-good factor.
“I do feel right now it’s pretty positive,” Murray added. Many players credit Andy Murray as their source of inspiration, as the standard for success.
Former Czech legend Ivan Lendl coaches Andy Murray.
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