Latest Stories

Murray hails Lendl for inspiring Wimbledon glory


Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during the men’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2013. Murray won 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. AFP

LONDON— Andy Murray dedicated his historic Wimbledon triumph to coach Ivan Lendl, the Czech who won eight Grand Slam titles but never cracked the mysteries of the All England Club.

Since Murray teamed up with Lendl in 2012, he has won the Olympics, clinched a first major with his US Open triumph before becoming Britain’s first men’s singles champion at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 with his 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

One of the first men that Murray celebrated with up in the players box was the 53-year-old Czech who was a Wimbledon runner-up against Boris Becker in 1986 and Pat Cash the following year.

Lendl was also a semi-finalist on four occasions.

“He just said that he was proud of me, which obviously coming from him means a lot. He doesn’t smile in public too much, but when he’s away from the crowds and the cameras he’s a very different character,” said Murray of Lendl.

“I just think for him, obviously ideally he would have won it himself, but I think this was the next best thing for him. I’m saying it seriously.”

“He believed in me when a lot of people didn’t. He stuck by me through some tough losses the last couple of years. He’s been very patient with me. I’m just happy I managed to do it for him.”

Murray, 26, said that the arrival of Lendl has helped mature him both on and off the court with the Czech adding crucial tweaks to his game rather than insisting on a major overhaul.

It has had the desired effect for a player who lost his first four Grand Slam finals— at the 2008 US Open, the 2010 and 2011 Australian Opens and his tearful defeat to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final last year.

“He’s made me learn more from the losses that I’ve had than maybe I did in the past. I think he’s always been very honest with me. He’s always told me exactly what he thought,” said Murray.

“And in tennis, it’s not always that easy to do in a player/coach relationship. The player is sometimes the one in charge. I think sometimes coaches are not always that comfortable doing that. But he’s been extremely honest with me.

“If I work hard, he’s happy. If I don’t, he’s disappointed, and he’ll tell me. Last year after the final he told me he was proud of the way I played because I went for it when I had chances. It was the first time I played like that in a Grand Slam final.”

Interestingly, Murray’s first reaction on winning the title on a fourth match point after a nerve-shredding 10th game in the final set, was to turn to the press box in the corner directly opposite to where his family was seated.

“I was staring in the direction of quite a few of the guys in the press. I’ve had a difficult relationship at times over the years. The last few years have been much better,” he explained.

“I know for you guys it’s important that I win this tournament. I tried my best. I worked as hard as I could to do it.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Andy Murray , Novak Djokovic , Sports , Tennis , Wimbledon

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home
  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
  • Pimentel wants Balikatan-type drills for PNP
  • Sports

  • Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee
  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Lifestyle

  • Angono petroglyphs in danger of disappearing
  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Marketplace