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2004 Sep 23 - Murray attacks British sport

Andrew Murray may just have battled to an impressive US Open boys title but he is still on the offensive and has blasted Britain for it's lack of commitment to sport.

Andrew said on Radio Four:

"For me tennis has always been my priority

"One of the problems in Britain is that they don't give sport enough attention.

"That's why there have not been any great (British) sportsmen in the last 10 years."

"When I moved over to Spain, they've been great, they take tennis as my priority and actually help me a lot.

"I think I am going to succeed in tennis and if that's the way that you think then you shouldn't have to study or take it as seriously as other people do."

Reflecting on the attention since his epic triumph in the US, Andrew said on the Today programme:

"Last week was pretty tough when I got home from New York.

"I was met at the plane by about 20 photographers, 10 journalists and three camera crews but at least I left to go to La Manga the next day and there was no press there, so it wasn't too bad.

"I didn't have much time to let it sink in but I think that's a good thing. I think it's important for me to keep my feet on the ground and not get too far ahead of myself."

The 17-year-old has been selected for the British Davis Cup squad to face Austria in the World Group Play-off starting tomorrow. Andrew could be given the chance by Jeremy Bates (British Davis Cup captain) to play in the singles or doubles, of this possibility he added:

"That will be great for me and I'll do my best."


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