Andy Murray recalls tennis stars on social media during the Australian Open: “I just didn’t want to see it”

Andy Murray
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Tennis stars – they are like us. When they are upset, frustrated, or overwhelmed by FOMO (fear of missing out, that is), they stop following their friends on Instagram to avoid further disappointment.

Former world number one tennis star Andy Murray has revealed that he more or less had to resort to it, after he was forced to miss the Australian Open due to positive testing on Covid-19, which made him feel “gut-wrenching”.

The British player could not watch the tournament from which he was excluded – not even through clips posted online.

“I watched very little, I wanted to be there and it was a struggle,” the 33-year-old Murray said, according to the BBC.

“I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media because I just didn’t really want to see them,” he added.

Murray, however, is not so unrelated that he missed the fact that Novak Djokovic, 33, won his ninth Australian Open title (and 18th Grand Slam) on Sunday, defeating 25-year-old Danilo Medvedev in the final. He’s not surprised.

“It’s different to stand back or serve in the Grand Slam final than in the quarterfinals or semifinals, when you’re fighting someone who won 17 of them,” Murray said.

“It’s pretty scary and the younger guys haven’t shown that they’re particularly close. At the US Open, [Dominic] Thiem did what he had to do to win the event, but if Novak had not put the ball through the line referee’s throat, I think it would have been the same outcome, ”he added.

Murray of course refers to last year’s tournament in America, where Djokovic missed homework after he frustratedly kicked the ball off the field and accidentally hit the line judge in the throat. He was quickly disqualified.

Murray announced in January that he was “crushed” by the withdrawal from the Australian Open due to a nightmare of logistics that resulted from a positive Covid-19 result.

“I share with grace that I will not fly to Australia to compete in the Australian Open,” he said, adding: “We were in constant dialogue … to try to find a solution that would allow some form of feasible quarantine but we could not succeed. “