Andy Murray insisted today that his mother is wrong and that he can do
well at both the Olympic Games and the US Open which begins the day
after the end of China's sporting extravaganza.
Judy Murray had suggested that anyone who goes deep into the Olympic
competition could struggle at Flushing Meadows, but her son said: "I
think she's wrong. It makes it harder if you do well, but between now
and the final of the US Open there are three weeks. You are going to
have at least two weeks off because you only play every other day at the
[grand] slams, so if you do all the right things in between then you can
However, Murray, who will also play doubles with his brother, Jamie, is
risking a rigourous schedule to take part. "I will definitely have to
play twice on the same day if I want to do well. That makes it harder
too, but it's a great opportunity for me to play doubles with my brother."
If Murray were to make two finals here he would have to play 11 matches
in the well-documented humid conditions, but he believes he is in good
enough shape to cope. "Cincinnati was hotter, but the humidity is worse
here," he said. "But I work hard. I practice a lot in Miami which is
very hot. If you stay and practice indoors in cold conditions then it
will be hard to adjust."
That Murray might well have to beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and
Roger Federer to win the Olympic title evinces the quality of the field
and thumbs a nose at the naysayers.