TENNIS ace Andy Murray has admitted he understands why fans can find his post match interviews boring – but says it is harder to be serious and tell the truth than crack jokes.
The Dunblane-born British No 1 also admits he is feisty on court, but insists he isn’t aggressive when it comes to life away from the sport.
His remarks came during an interview and photoshoot for the July issue of men’s magazine GQ. Murray said: “Over the years I have found it difficult to open up and be a bundle of laughs in press conferences, or interviews.
“I always try to give honest answers, but they are fairly boring, so I don’t have to deal with the aftermath of any scandals. I would say that I am different from what a lot of people think I am like.
“What would bother me is if the people around me started telling me I had begun changing. It is very easy to be fake in front of the camera.
“But to tell jokes and be fun all the time, that’s not actually very hard to do. If you are going to be truthful, tell things like they are, that is much harder.”
Asked if he thought the British public liked him, he said: “It is a very difficult question… All I do is try my best to be as good as I can be as a tennis player. Whether people like you or not should be irrelevant.”
The 26-year-old – who skipped the French Open to rest his chronic back condition – also says he believes he has it in him to clinch a Wimbledon singles final. He said: “I think about winning it. I dream about winning it. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but all I can do is put myself in with a chance.
“Do I believe I can win? The answer is yes.”
Murray talks about how winning his first grand slam last year inspired him to “train harder and to train better”.
He added: “I love being around a lot of people. At the start of my career I often felt lonely, but not any more.
“I am still extremely driven when it comes to my sport, but I wouldn’t say I’m an angry person. People might think I am aggressive, but I have never punched anyone in my life.”
The full interview with Murray is in the July issue of GQ, out tomorrow.