Andy Murray opens up on chances of becoming tennis commentator in future after he retires
Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring
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Andy Murray has all but ruled out the possibility of becoming a pundit in the future, though admitted he would be keen to coach a player in the future. The former world No 1 dabbled in commentary during Wimbledon back in 2018 when he was sidelined with his ongoing hip injury, but admitted he didn’t enjoy it.
Murray is currently playing in Indian Wells, where he scored an impressive comeback win over 30th seed Carlos Alcaraz in the second round on Sunday (October 10).
Many regarded it the best win of the Brit’s comeback so far, after struggling with an ongoing hip injury that left him sidelined on-and-off from the middle of 2017.
During his time out of the game, the three-time Grand Slam champion took on a temporary new role as he joined the BBC’s commentary team during Wimbledon in 2018.
Murray commentated on Rafael Nadal’s thrilling five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro, though later admitted it was a tough job as the match went long and he stayed on-site longer than anticipated.
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The current world No 121 also worked in the studio alongside the likes of Sue Barker and Tim Henman but has now admitted that it wasn’t something he’d want to do in the future.
Speaking on Tennis Channel following his 5-7 6-3 6-2 victory over the Spanish teenager, Murray commented on retired doubles legends Bob and Mike Bryan’s recent forray into punditry, before saying it wasn’t something he enjoyed himself.
“I did a little bit of commentary at Wimbledon a few years ago when I was out injured and I didn’t really enjoy it that much to be honest,” he said.
“I think I would prefer to be on the court with players and coaching and that sort of side of things I think, rather than doing the sort of punditry stuff.”
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While the 34-year-old sounded certain that a career in punditry wasn’t in his post-retirement future, he admitted he’d never say never, though thought he would operate better in a coaching environment.
He added: “I think. Who knows, maybe that will change in future but right now I find that more motivating for me personally.”
Meanwhile, he gave a brutal verdict of the Bryan brothers’ new career change, admitting he had joked around with Bob Bryan about his big calls.
After saying he had “unfortunately” caught snippets of the former American doubles duo’s commentary, Murray continued: “They’ve been struggling a little bit but they’re new to it. Great energy but they’re struggling a bit.”
Murray grew close with Bob Bryan, as the 23-time Grand Slam champion had previously undergone the hip resurfacing surgery the Brit was considering, and made a successful return to the doubles court.
After seeking advice from the younger Bryan brother, Murray underwent the same procedure to have a metal joint put into his hip in 2019, and made a successful returned to the doubles court at Queen’s that summer as he won the title alongside Feliciano Lopez, later winning his first and only post-surgery singles title in Antwerp.
Speaking of the jokes he made about Bob Bryan’s new punditry role, the former world No 1 said: “I feel bad but we were just joking around, Andy Roddick then started a little chat, he was sort of siding with me.
“We were just saying he was just making some huge calls basically that we weren’t really feeling, not agreeing with him on. But I think he’s sort of trying to make his mark maybe in the commentary booth.”
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