Andy Murray: ‘I want to do everything that I did when I was No 1 to see what I can achieve’

Andy Murray serving

He concedes he is not too out of shape, but Andy Murray admits an encounter with a body fat machine has inspired him to change his mentality and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

After a challenging 2020 campaign during which he played only four tournaments due to injury and the coronavirus pandemic, Murray is ready to start pre-season again with the hopes of climbing up the rankings again.

During an interview with Daniela Hantuchová for Roland-Garros, Murray was asked where he finds the drive and motivation to continue playing.

“There has definitely been times over the last few years where I lost that [drive and motivation], because of the injuries and stuff like that,” he replied. “And I hadn’t been working as hard as what I needed to. I think as you get older obviously there are certain things you can do differently, but you almost need to work harder to stay in shape, spend more time with your physio and afterwards to feel good.

“I think just in the last sort of two to three months I actually got on that machine that measures your body fat and it wasn’t good.

“It wasn’t good in comparison to what I’d done when I was younger. It was something as simple as that where I was like ‘come on Andy, you just need to get back…’ I’d been working fairly hard, but I could have done much better. I could have been eating healthier and sleeping better. I was like ‘come on’.

“I may never get back to being No 1 in the world, but I want to do everything that I did when I was No 1 in the world to give myself the best chance to see what I can achieve. I was incredibly professional, I worked hard, I ate properly, slept well. That’s kind of what started the latest kind of mentality. Something as small as that, I know I am not very overweight or anything, but I was like ‘No, you should be in better shape’.”

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