The pressure that surrounds Andy Murray when he plays in Great Britain cannot be explained properly. To say that the pressure that is on Murray is stifling is an understatement. When Murray plays on home soil, the entire nation watches.
Every swing that Murray takes while at home is over-analyzed and second guessed.
Murray has advanced to his first Wimbledon final when he triumphed over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. If he is able to overcome the great Roger Federer in the final, then he will be the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry won in 1936.
Murray has a chance to bring a joy to a nation that they haven't had in a lifetime. A victory by the Scotsman in the final would be celebrated like a national holiday.
For Murray, the only thing that would surpass a victory at Wimbledon would be a gold medal at this year's Olympic Games. Winning a gold medal while playing in front of his nation's fans would be magical to watch.
One of the reasons for all the pressure is due to Murray's talent. It has been clear for a long time to all who watched Murray that he has the ability to win a Grand Slam. He has every shot in the book, has excellent feel and has a high tennis IQ.
Murray is the first British player to reach the finals at Wimbledon since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938.
No matter what happens in the Wimbledon final, Murray will be among the favorites for the Olympics. The event will be held on the same grass courts and he will have the full support of the crowd in every match he plays.
The format also may help Murray, as he has proven throughout the years that he is more of a threat to the "Big Three" in shorter matches.
According to the Wimbledon website, Murray said the following when asked about the pressure he faces from his country:
Well, I don't really know exactly. Yeah, there's obviously pressure there. But something that, you know, providing—I think if you think too much about it, you know, and you read the newspapers and you watch the stuff on TV that's said about you, I think it would become far too much.
But if you kind of shield yourself from it all and kind of just get into your own little bubble, only listen to the people that are around you, then it's something you can deal with.
Murray clearly has created a game plan to get away from the constant attention. After his strong run at Wimbledon, the pressure on Murray will be even greater for him to win.
The truth of the matter is that Murray will never get away from the pressure; even after he retires, he will be under pressure to help improve the future of tennis in Great Britain.
His only chance of success is to take things one step at a time, one point at a time and one match at a time. If he is able to do that, then Murray mania will only get bigger and bigger in Great Britain.
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