- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’
- U.S. chemical sites vulnerable despite millions spent on security: Congress
- Driverless cars to hit the British streets by 2015
- GOP presses to scrap IRS commissioner position — but put in panel
- New bill would make sure women in military can get free birth control
- Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids; minors as young as 11 found
- Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
- National laboratory cancels ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ classes after outcry
- U.S. woman with Ebola is stable, improving, son says
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray looking to add more Grand Slam titles to resume
Question of the Day
LONDON — The first question at the first formal news conference of the first full day of Andy Murray’s new life as Wimbledon champion concerned the buzz building in Britain about whether knighthood awaits.
Murray sighed and rested his chin on his left hand.
“I don’t really know,” he said Monday. “I mean, it’s a nice thing to have, or be offered. I think just because everyone’s waited for such a long, long time for this — that’s probably why it would be suggested. But I don’t know if it merits that.”
Pictures of Murray adorned the front pages of plenty of newspapers Monday morning, several showing him holding and kissing his gold trophy.
Forget about honorifics or headlines or even reaching No. 1. All Murray wants is more Grand Slam championships to go with the two he’s got at the moment.
Twelve months ago, he dropped to 0-4 in major finals by losing to Roger Federer at the All England Club. Undeterred — indeed, more determined than ever — Murray regrouped and got better. He has played in the finals of the last four Grand Slam tournaments he’s entered (he missed this year’s French Open with a bad back). After winning the U.S. Open in September for a career-altering breakthrough, he added a second Slam title Sunday at the place he called “pretty much the pinnacle of the sport.”
Add a gold medal at the London Games, and it’s been quite a year. He had three clear goals — win a Grand Slam title, win an Olympic title at home, win Wimbledon — and he is now 3 for 3.
Murray was asked Monday whether it could be difficult to find other aims to drive him.
“I hope I don’t lose hunger. You know, I think I should be able to use this as motivation. I know what it’s like losing in a Wimbledon final, and I know what it’s like winning one. And,” he said with a bit of a chuckle, “it’s a lot better winning. So the hard work is worth it.”
His father sensed a change after the victories at the Olympics and U.S. Open.
“There’s a bit more of a swagger about him, my son. I noticed that,” Willie Murray said Sunday. “He’s more confident, I think, and it helped him.”
Murray, a 26-year-old Scotsman, attended the All England Club champions’ dinner Sunday night, then woke up after about an hour’s worth of sleep for the obligatory media appointments. That included posing for photos with both arms wrapped around the trophy while standing alongside the statue of Fred Perry, the British man who won Wimbledon in 1936.
Now Murray plans to take some vacation before beginning preparations for playing at Flushing Meadows as the reigning champion at a major tournament for the first time.
“I just need to make sure I don’t get sidetracked by anything. And after the next few days — yeah, enjoy it and celebrate and stuff, but — go away, rest up and get ready for the U.S. Open,” he said. “Because I’ve never had to defend a Grand Slam before. That will be a new experience for me, and I look forward to that.”
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- National laboratory cancels 'Southern Accent Reduction' classes after outcry
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world