Andy Murray Appalled on Spotting Roger Federer’s Book and Not His During Cincinnati Open Press Conference

Published 08/19/2021, 1:29 AM EDT
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Andy Murray congratulates winner, Roger Federer on victory following their match during Andy Murray Live at The Hydro on November 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)


Fans are all aboard the entertainment express as Tennis action continues. Flooding in from the courts of Cincinnati, the Western and Southern Open began in enthralling style. Leading the entertainment is England’s Tennis sensation, Andy Murray. Despite his unfortunate elimination from the tournament, the veteran could be seen being his usual self in a newly emerged video.

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Andy Murray returned to the sport after an unprecedented break, falling victim to a career-threatening hip injury. However, his fairy-tale comeback was cut short once again as he bowed out of the Cincinnati tournament. Regardless, his positive demeanor was on display as he engaged in friendly banter during his post-match interview.

“It’s a bit disappointing”- Andy Murray

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In a virtual setting, Andy Murray geared up for the press conference. However, he was appalled to see his interviewer’s bookshelf, which comprised of a book written by the Swiss ‘G.O.A.T’ Roger Federer, but none by Andy himself. Engaging in friendly banter, the eagle-eyed former Wimbledon champion expressed his not so serious ‘disappointment’ over his observation.

He said, “I’m just gonna say before we start, it’s a bit disappointing. I can see Federer’s book over your left shoulder there but I don’t see any of mine, unfortunately.” 

In splits, the interviewer claimed to have an ‘Andy Murray’ banner, hoping to make it up to the 34-year-old star. He said, “I have an Andy Murray banner if you’ll wait for my elementary school book. I was going to put that up, but I didn’t. Next time I will show you my Murray banner.” 

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No fairytale comeback this time either

While fans lauded Murray’s optimistic approach and his never-die attitude, his disappointing performances are beginning to stack up. Andy returned from a prolonged break at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. The British fans were desperate for the sight of vintage Andy. However, his heroics didn’t last long, as he was knocked out of the tournament in the third round.

His appearance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was much anticipated as well. Unfortunately, his injury came back to haunt him as he pulled out of the singles category with a thigh strain and furthermore, lost his doubles quarter-final clash.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray during his third round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

With his head held up high, he has now returned to Cincinnati. Kick-starting his campaign, he faced Frenchmen, Richard Gasquet in the first round of the tournament. Andy once again put on a show as he beat the 35-year-old in straight sets.

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Though Andy looked in good stead in his opening match, he faced a much tougher opponent in the next round. Facing young sensation Hubert Hurkacz in the round of 32, Andy put up a tough fight but alas, couldn’t make it out on top.

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As the US Open draws closer, fans can’t help but wonder, what are the odds of Andy Murray springing a surprise? Will he once again be on the receiving end of an upset or is he finally about to write his fairy-tale comeback story?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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