Andy Murray admits he’s ready to burst with boredom due to mandatory player life inside the British tennis bubble.
The five-time Queen’s club winner who is competing this week in west London since 2018, has been required by no-nonsense tournament bosses to bunk in a London hotel instead of the homey surrounds of his Surrey mansion south of the Big Smoke.
“Obviously I would like to be staying at home with my family and everything, but again, like the bubble, or not like it I’m enjoying it,” the father of four said. “I’m here to compete.”
Being restricted to the hotel is not the ideal scenario for players, who at least had the freedom to eat out in Paris during the French Open as France began a cautious COVID re-opening.
“Usually at tournaments I would go out to restaurants in the evening, but it’s pretty much hotel, courts, recovery, gym, et cetera,” the 34-year-old said.
“You don’t do a whole lot of other stuff except in the evening.
It’s not a huge change for me , but certainly in the evenings there is something for all of us to do together (watch the European football championships), have a little bit more fun rather than just being in your hotel from 6:00 at night until 9:00 the next morning.”
Main photo:– Andy Murray beating Benoit Paire at Queens – by LTA