Emma Raducanu, Liam Broady, Jay Clarke ‘lucky’ to be able to count on Andy Murray for advice

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Jay Clarke believes he as well as Emma Raducanu and Liam Broady are “really lucky” to be able to count on Andy Murray for counsel as the former world No 1 has seen and done it all.

Murray has been carrying the British tennis flag for nearly two decades as he made his debut in 2005 and went on to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open before ending Great Britain’s Wimbledon drought as he became the nation’s first men’s singles winner since Fred Perry in 1936.

He won a second Wimbledon trophy in 2016 and also won Olympic gold medals in the singles at the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games while he also became world No 1 at the end of 2016 season.

Murray’s rise to the very top has naturally inspired the younger generation in Britain and the Scot has always been open to guiding younger players, much to Clarke’s delight.

“Andy Murray’s been such a massive part of British tennis, not only for me, but also Emma Raducanu, Liam Broady and all, you know, someone that you can look up to that isn’t actually that much older who’s done it,” he told Sportskeeda.

He added: “He’s been to the pinnacle of the sport, winning Wimbledon, you know, winning the US Open, winning Wimbledon again, being world No 1, winning the Olympics. Like his achievements are so amazing. So the fact that we have someone that we can contact of that level, it’s really lucky.”

Clarke is currently ranked No 313, but he was as high as No 156 four years ago and played Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon in 2019, which was a highlight of his career so far.

The 24-year-old believes watching and playing against greats like Federer and Murray helps you to improve your game.

“You know, just what those guys do. It’s not just the match against Federer, which obviously helped me a lot but, you know, training with Andy Murray,” Clarke, who is currently playing on the ATP Challenger Tour.

“You don’t even need to ask too many questions, but just being on court with those guys, being around those guys, seeing how they prepare, you know, everything’s just in the level and, you know, it’s something that I think all of us guys at the ATP Challenger level can learn from.”

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