Andy Murray Makes Money While Admitting He Lacks Charisma
epa03644829 Andy Murray of Great Britain returns the ball to Richard Gasquet of France during their semi final match at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Miami, Florida, USA, 29 March 2013. The winner will face David Ferrer of Spain in the championship match 31 March. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER |
Andy Murray freely admits that he is lacking in the charisma department even while lifting his ranking to second in the world behind Novak Djokovic with his recent Miami title. His earnings are believed to have been 12 million dollars in 2012 and predicted as high as 20 million this year.
The reigning US Open champion accepts that his monotone voice and low-key demeanor is a marked contrast to the smooth, multi-lingual presentation of global marketing icon Roger Federer or the puppy-dog enthusiasm of Rafael Nadal, who both trump him in the worldwide popularity stakes.
But he is making no apologies and is unlikely to change anyway. But he insists he has feeling for his tennis buried deep inside. “People think I am unemotional because my voice is flat and a bit boring. It is unfortunate but it is just the way it is,” he told Scottish media. “I’ve tried to change it but it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
“The truth is, I have lots of emotions inside. I cried after the semi-final at Wimbledon (2012) because I was proud to reach the final and I knew how much it meant to the country. I cried after the (losing) final (to Federer), too, for different reasons. I felt I had let people down. I think people warmed to that. They could see how much it hurt.”
Even with his millions in earnings, Murray said that money is not driving him. “Some people are motivated by money, others by winning tournaments and others by creating history. I think a lot of my drive comes from wanting to repay those close to me. It is a nice feeling to win and know that loved ones are made up because of it.”
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