‘I need a bit more help!’ Andy Murray in jovial form as he beats Durasovic in Sydney
The British star was playing with a smile on his face as he made his bow in Sydney
One of the niggling technical questions of the new tennis season was answered today when former world No 1 Andy Murray revealed all about his new choice of racquet.
It is significantly larger than the racquet he has used throughout his career – and on the Sydney Tennis Classic court after beating Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 6-1 he explained why he’s decided to switch.
“The racquet that I used before has been brilliant for me during my career but it’s a tough racquet to play with,” he said. “If you’re not timing the ball right in the middle of the racquet it doesn’t give you a whole lot of help.
“Now that I’m a little bit older, a little bit slower, I need a bit more help from the racquet! The one I’m using just now is a little bit more forgiving. I’m still getting used to it but it’s feeling better with each match.”
The 34-year-old was on solid form as he dominated his Norwegian opponent – who he also beat in straight sets back in November during the Stockholm Open.
And he surprised the crowd with his revelation: “It’s my first time in Sydney, a beautiful city. I’ve been on the tour for a very long time – it’s nice to come to new places.”
Murray later told journalists about what he still hopes to accomplish on tour, saying: “A short-term [goal] is to try and get to 700 match wins on tour, which I’m hoping I’ll be able to do this year, and I want to try and get to 50 tournament wins. I want to try and have a deep run in one of the majors as well. Hopefully more than one, but that’s what I want to do. So we’ll see how it goes.”