Andy Murray will celebrate Eastbourne win with bungee jump – even if surgeon won’t like it | Tennis | Sport


The former world No. 1 is determined to make the most of any remaining successes after fighting so long and hard against injury to get back to competitive tennis.

He famously went to town after his second Wimbledon triumph in 2016, partying until the early hours at the Drama nightclub in London’s West End.

But he regrets he and his team backed away from doing a joint sky-dive after he won in Dubai in 2017 little knowing it would be two years before he won another trophy.

“We said before the week, that if I won the tournament, I want to do a sky dive,” he recalled.

“All of my team rejected it saying, ‘No chance we’re doing that!’

“Obviously that turned out to be the last tournament that I won, and I had a lot of health problems.

“I was saying to them, ‘You’ll need to make sure you enjoy those moments, because you don’t know what’s around the corner.’

“You sometimes forget that winning a tournament like that is really, really special.

“So yeah, after winning Queen’s doubles I went out for dinner with Feliciano Lopez because you need to try to enjoy the good moments when you can and celebrate them.

“We went to a place on Old Brompton Road. It’s a Spanish restaurant that he knew the owner of. They looked after us well. It was good. Feli was on good form.

“I was driving, so, yeah, I was on Cokes and water for me. Feli’s coach had a few drinks, though, that’s for sure!”

On Tuesday, Andy Murray’s Nature Valley International campaign at Eastbourne gets underway with new partner Marcelo Melo against his first round opponents at Queen’s, top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

When it was put to him that he might make amends by bungee jumping from the famous local clifftop, the mind was willing – even if on second thoughts he admitted he did not know how the body would cope.

“I’d be up for a bungee jump off Beachy Head if I win the doubles here but I’m not going to do it on my own,” Murray said.

“I’d do it if all my team were up for it, although I don’t know if my hip surgeon would be particularly happy with me trying that!”

Murray even texted Dr Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, who carried out his hip replacement surgery, when he rolled in from dinner after Queen’s at 2.30am.

“She responded within five minutes,” Murray said. “I thought, ‘God, she’s supposed to be operating tomorrow morning. I don’t want to be the first one on the list Monday!”

Creating memories and sharing them with those who are important to him certainly seems more important to Murray now that he has more of a family to share them with – his stated aim has always been to show his kids what all the fuss over their Dad was about.

However, Murray was forced to admit that daughters Sophia and Edie were not too impressed by his Queen’s trophy.

“It was more a plate we got given to take home,” he said. “Unfortunately Sophia wasn’t particularly interested!

“She obviously understands a little bit more about kind of what it is I do and stuff. That is nice for me.”

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