Last week, we were in Key Biscayne watching some great tennis at the Sony Open, where we got to meet Andy Murray before his big win yesterday. Murray came out victorious (by one point) over David Ferrer. This win brought Murray to world No. 2 ranking. Murray, an ambassador for Rado, the brand that was the Official Timekeeper of the Sony Open, is genuinely a nice guy. Here he shares some thoughts on tennis and Rado.
“My continued focus is on winning tennis tournaments, and as long as I keep working hard and improving as a player, then I’m happy,” says Murray, who started the new season on a high note, as last year was a strong and successful year for him. “I’m fully focused now on 2013. I had a really good off season in Miami in December, and after Australia I came back to Miami for another month to prepare, so I’m feeling good and confident for the year ahead.”
At the Sony Open, Murray’s final win over opposition (and friend) Ferrer came only after nearly three hours of play. Murray has a rigorous training routine and, in this case, that strong training helped. “It gives me confidence in all areas of my game, including a psychological edge — knowing you can last in any rally and match your opponent.”
As to becoming a Rado ambassador, Murray says he always liked watches and that it’s “cool” to have a partnership with Rado, whose techniques and precision have some similarities to tennis. “Tennis equipment has come a long way since the days of wooden racquets. We play with equipment that is specially designed to be practical, lightweight and comfortable. These are parallels to Rado’s approach in watchmaking.” says Murray. In fact, Rado was the first company to create high-tech ceramic timepieces decades ago and continues its cutting-edge lead in high-tech ceramic designs. Murray is particularly fond of the HyperChrome line.