Andy Murray admits he is a bit weighty and carrying an extra ‘four or five kilos’

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Andy Murray on the practise court

Andy Murray admits he is “weighing four or five kilos more” than he normally does, adding that it affected his performance at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.

The former world No 1 was taken to three sets by world No 179 Tallon Griekspoor in Great Brtain’s Group E clash against the Netherlands, eventually winning 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) after nearly three hours.

Murray recently revealed in an interview that “I got up to my heaviest weight in my career probably”, adding that after the birth of his son Teddy “there was lots of cake and junk and no training”.

And the three-time Grand Slam winner was certainly feeling it against Griekspoor.

“I told you guys I wasn’t feeling in the best shape coming in, and it showed a little bit in the match,” he said after the match.

“The weight and things like that, that’s my fault. I won’t put myself in that position again.

“If you’re weighing four or five kilos more than you’re used to, that is probably going to affect how you feel moving around the court.”

Dan Evans suffered a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 defeat at the hands of Robin Haase in the second match, but Jamie Murray and debutant Neal Skupski saw off Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) in the doubles to hand Team GB victory after nearly nine hours on court.

Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith was delighted with the performance.

“What Andy did was astonishing,” he said, “especially when he was not feeling great. And then Jamie and Neal played unbelievable stuff. For Neal to play his first tie, he shone today.”

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