Andy Murray enjoyed a relaxed game of football with Ross Hutchins and members of his team as he prepares for BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Andy urges support for Glasgow Youth Olympic Games 2018
Andy has used his return to Wimbledon, the scene of his famous gold medal triumph at London 2012, to urge people to get behind Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
The British number 1, who will take on Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the third round on Friday, is relishing being back on the grass courts at SW19. And he is backing Glasgow’s bid to stage the 2018 YOG, saying the city’s passionate fans and world-class venues will make it the perfect host.
The Glasgow 2018 bid team has vowed to put young people at the heart of the Games and have already engaged more than 1.5million young people from across the UK.
Andy believes his gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games was the catalyst for what has been one of his best years yet. And the current world number 2 says Glasgow 2018 can have the same effect on the best young sports stars, inspiring them to be champions in their lives.
Andy said: “It’s a great feeling being back at Wimbledon. London 2012 was inspiring on so many levels and I know that Glasgow 2018 can be the same. The fans in Glasgow are known across the world for their passion and that is something that the best young athletes in the world would respond to.
“It is incredible to think that the next generation of stars could be taking their first steps on the road to success in Glasgow. I never had the chance to play in a Youth Olympic Games but the experience of London 2012 will live with me forever. I wish that young people globally continue to be inspired by the Olympic ideals and that they get that chance in Glasgow.
“The support from the fans at the Olympics was something else and really inspired me. They drove me on and in that final and I probably played one of the best matches of my life that day. It gave me the belief that I could go on and win a slam.”
Since winning Olympic gold Andy won the US Open with a thrilling five-set victory over Novak Djokavic. He continued his preparations for Wimbledon with his third win in the Aegon Championships on the grass courts at Queen’s Club.
Please visit www.glasgow2018.com to find out more on Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.