Murray gears up

Andy
Murray is still in a hurry to win a first Grand Slam – even though he dislikes
life in fame’s fast lane.

Britain’s
No 1 insists he is well-placed to win Wimbledon, which begins today, despite
showing disappointing form since he lost to Roger Federer in the Australian
Open final in January.

While
Murray, 23, has banked more than $12 million in prize money and owns a Surrey
mansion in an area populated by Chelsea’s stars, he insists all these trappings
have not affected his desperate desire to succeed.

And
the world No 4 is even thinking about selling his other big purchase, a red
Ferrari, because he says he feels uncomfortable getting out
of it.

Murray,
who faced world No 80 Jan Hajek on Tuesday, said: “I love tennis, but I don’t
necessarily like the fame that goes with it. I love driving my Ferrari. I just
don’t really like getting out of it. You could say that it’s a poser’s car and
I don’t really like drawing attention to myself so don’t really drive it as
much as I would like to.

“But
the most important thing for me is to concentrate on tennis and work hard. I’ve
made a lot of sacrifices for the sport. It’s a difficult sport to play when
you’re younger. It isn’t the most important thing. I’ve said that for the last
three or four years. Family, friends and everyone are most important.

Murray
reached the semi-finals last year but was edged out in a tight match by Andy
Roddick. And if he can re-discover the excellent form of Melbourne, where he
lost just one set on his way to the final, he will have a great chance – his
draw has certainly been kind.

The
problem is, over these last few months, he has not had too many matches –
illustrated at Queen’s Club when he failed to defend his title and lost in the third
round.