‘Tough Not to Love Him’: Andy Murray Shares Why He Loves Watching Mohamed Salah

Published 12/23/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Britain’s Andy Murray during his first round match against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Charles Platiau

3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray just finished playing the Mubadala World Tennis Championship last week. The Scottish former World No. 1 played against Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, and Andrey Rublev at the tournament.


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Murray looked confident and in form as he sailed past Dan Evans and Rafael Nadal in straight sets to the final of the exhibition championship. However, he fell to Russian Andrey Rublev, who won the Mubadala WTC for the first time.

On the other hand, Murray has won the Abu Dhabi-based event twice but failed to secure a third title.


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Andy Murray talks English Premier League and Fantasy Football

In an interview with Reem Abulleil for EuroSport, Andy Murray talked about several things on his mind. From Formula One and the Mubadala WTC, the British player talked about the Davis Cup and soccer as well.

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after missing a shot against Alexander Zverev (GER) during a third-round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Moving on, he talked about Egyptian soccer player Mohamed Salah, who plays for the Premier League club, Liverpool. Murray heaped praises on Mo Salah (as he is more commonly known) for his skills. “I love watching him play because he’s so exciting,” Andy shares. “I love his personality.” Clearly, the Scottish tennis legend is a fan of the Egyptian.

“A lot of the time he’s smiling and he seems like he’s enjoying himself,” he continues. “Yes, it’s tough not to love him for that. And he scores amazing goals and it’s just fun to watch.”

Sadly, Murray also has some regrets regarding Salah in his Premier League fantasy football team with friends. Murray had the second pick, and very easily had the opportunity to pick the Liverpool forward. However, in the 90 seconds that he had to decide, he ultimately decided to go with Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane. Now, he is “obviously regretting it”.

Now, he is living to regret his pick, as Salah has been an outstanding performer this season. “I made a bad decision this year,” Murray states.


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Murray talks about a tennis Netflix documentary show


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Andy Murray shared his thoughts on an all-telling documentary series for tennis, much like Netflix’s Drive to Survive series (for Formula One). However, he believes the tennis equivalent for the same isn’t possible as the sport is not as open.

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

Furthermore, he expressed concerns about the Davis Cup‘s proposed shift in venue from Spain to Abu Dhabi. His main concern was about the neutrality that Abu Dhabi would provide.


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Instead, for Andy Murray, it is the partisan support that home teams get that adds all the fun in the Davis Cup. “It’s just not the same when you don’t have that partisan crowd,” he expressed.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.