Fresh off his gold medal win at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Scottish tennis star Andy Murray is at the top of his game. With new coach, tennis great, Ivan Lendl at his side, Britain’s golden boy is primed to conquer the U.S. Open. Murray, who advanced to the finals in a game against Tomas Berdych on Saturday, took a few minutes to discuss fashion, New York and how he deals with the pressure.
WWD: Coming off a gold medal in London, do you feel any pressure to win at the U.S. Open? How do you deal with it?
Andy Murray: The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself to win. Every tournament I enter I feel I can win; it’s just about preparing in the right way and working as hard as I can on and off the court.
WWD: You’ve had a great year with your new coach, Ivan Lendl. How has your training changed this year and to what do you attribute your great success?
A.M.: My training hasn’t changed dramatically. Ivan has just made subtle changes. Over the last few years my form has been pretty consistent in the grand slams, regularly reaching the later stages. It’s just about keeping that going and putting myself in winning positions. Experience also helps and allows me to be calmer on the court.
WWD: What do you enjoy most about playing in New York?
A.M.: I love New York, ever since I came here as a junior and won the U.S. Open. The place has incredible energy. I also get on with the American people. I regularly train in Miami and it’s the same there, everyone is so friendly and positive. The food is also very good in New York; you can find whatever you want, whenever you want.
WWD: Rado tapped you to be its new brand ambassador. Do you consider yourself a watch guy?
A.M.: Like most guys, I’ve always liked watches. I can always check the time on my phone, but having a watch is so much better. I like the sporty watch models. They look great but they are also practical for me as an athlete.
WWD: Do you have a preferred watch model?
A.M.: I would always choose a chronograph. I think they look cool and they’re pretty useful for training. At the moment, I have the Rado D-Star 200 Chronograph.
WWD: How many watches do you own?
A.M.: I have a few watches now. I’ve learned quite a lot about watches in the last few years, especially since my partnership with Rado started. The problem with watches is that the more you learn about them, the more of them you want.
WWD: What fashion brands do you usually like to wear off the court?
A.M.: When I’m not in training kit I wear a lot of Y-3 — am a big fan. I also like Burberry. I’ve been to a few of Christopher Bailey’s London shows over the past few years.
WWD: You seem like a man of many interests. If you weren’t a tennis player, what other profession would you like to try?
A.M.: I’ve only ever focused on tennis, but I love my sport, so [I] would be happy playing other sports. As a teenager I was invited for a trial with Rangers F.C., and I love my football [soccer], so that would be good. I also love boxing, although I won’t be going in the ring anytime soon!
WWD: What’s next for you after the Open?
A.M.: Definitely take a holiday. I’ve been playing tennis for the best part of three months now, and I’ll need a rest before we start playing in Asia at the end of September.