“It Was Such a Great Opportunity”: Andy Murray Reveals Biggest Career Regret

Published 04/02/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Mens Singles Final against John Isner of the United States on day seven of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Veteran tennis star Andy Murray has revealed his biggest career regret. In an interview with The Gentleman’s Journal, the three-time Grand Slam champion and a known video game buff said that in his early years in professional tennis, he used to carry his PlayStation along with him while crisscrossing the globe for tournaments.

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Andy Murray says he used to mostly travel with his PlayStation in his younger days

Murray said that he was mostly hooked to his video games when he wasn’t playing tennis, thereby missing out on a great opportunity to explore people and diverse cultures.

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“In my younger years, I always used to travel with my PlayStation. I didn’t really go out and see the sights or do the touristy things,” the two-time Wimbledon champion said. He added that he does regret it now.

With players adapting to the new normal of closed-door events and bubbles in COVID times and being bound by protocols asking them to stay put in their hotel rooms during tournaments, one suspects Murray would be feeling the regret now more than ever.

Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on court following his walkover in the Mens Singles semi final match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Currently ranked 119th in singles, Murray said that professional tennis presents a unique opportunity to players to travel around the world and visit “some amazing places” and he now wishes he had done more of it back in his youth.

“We got to go to some amazing places and travel around the world. So yes, I do regret that a little now…,” the 33-year-old Scot said.

After landing at tournament venues, Murray would head straight for training

Murray added that after landing up at tournament venues, he would straightaway head for training, thereby depriving himself of a chance to explore geographies as well as visiting some of the most iconic landmarks of the world.

“…it was such a great opportunity to see such amazing things. But, usually, when we arrived we’d just train,” the two-time Olympic gold medalist recalled.

After an extended injury lay-off, Murray returned to Grand Slam action at the US Open last year. However, he crashed out in the second round after losing in straight sets to rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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He fared no better at the French Open, going down in the opening round itself to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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