Andy Murray's mum: 'I'm not aware of any distractions before match'
Published 03/07/2014 | 19:57
Andy Murray's mother has said she is not aware her son suffered any distractions before his straight sets defeat to Grigor Dimitrov at Wimbledon.
The Scot had hardly put a foot wrong in his first four matches, but he never approached his best tennis against the Bulgarian.
During the game, Murray, 27, was spotted by some onlookers swearing in the direction of the players' box, and reportedly shouted: "Five minutes before the f****** match!"
When asked if Murray had been distracted by anything before the match, his mother, Judy, said: "No, not that I'm aware of."
She told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think every athlete can handle losing if they've played well or played their best and I think when you're on such a big stage as this and especially when you're defending your title and it's in front of your home crowd, I think it is so difficult to take that you haven't managed to find close to your best form."
Dimitrov suggested after the game that he knew from the warm-up that Murray would not be at his best.
"I think it's just a feeling," he said. "I have practised quite a few times with him and I know how he is striking the ball when he is at his best, I know how he is playing when he is not at his best."
It is not clear what Murray's outburst referred to, although his match did start earlier than normal.
Play began on Centre Court at noon rather than the usual time of 1pm to catch up with the schedule after rain delays, and the match before Murray's lasted just 57 minutes.
Writing in his BBC column, Murray said: "There was nothing different in the build-up and no reason to expect that kind of performance.
"The timings changed a bit because we played the quarter-final pretty early compared with some of my other matches, but my routine was the same and I practised with James Ward both days."
A spokesman for the All England Club said the procedures for starting Murray's match were "no different to normal".
Murray's spokesman, Matt Gentry, was sitting in the players' box and said he did not hear his outburst.
But he added: "Occasionally his language is a bit colourful and he does talk to himself.
"He does look at the box - he likes to see people he knows rather than a face in the crowd. I think they were utterances of frustration. It would have been just frustration, to be honest with you.
"He was quite circumspect after the match."
Murray revealed he would now go back to Miami to work hard in training.
"The game always improves and gets better, and I know I have things to work on. I plan to be back on the practice court and in the gym soon," he said.
The Scot's defeat has led to a rush of fans trying to re-sell their men's final tickets.
Online firm Viagogo saw a 23% increase in ticket listings after Murray mania came to an abrupt end.
The increased availability has forced down the re-sale price of Sunday's Centre Court tickets by 10%.
Meanwhile his mother insisted that he would challenge for more Wimbledon titles.
Judy said: "I'm sure he'll be back. Form is temporary, class is permanent."
Bookmakers appear to agree with her, as the odds on Murray winning another SW19 title during his career are just 2/1.
Even if he does fail the odds are a huge 77/1 that there is a further 77-year wait for another British winner.
Rupert Adams, spokesman for bookmaker William Hill, said: "Andy had a bad day in the office and we fully expect him to bounce back either next year or perhaps the year after."
The spotlight moved to the ladies' singles tournament today with both semi-finals taking place on Centre Court.
In the Royal Box actor Colin Firth was spotted chatting to TV presenter Cilla Black and singer Sir Cliff Richard, while comedian Miranda Hart sat next to actor Eddie Redmayne.
Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson and his wife, Lady Mary, were also in the exclusive enclosure, along with swimmer Ian Thorpe.
The Centre Court crowd watched former champion Petra Kvitova beat fellow Czech Lucie Safarova before Canadian Eugenie Bouchard overcame Simona Halep.
Play was suspended for a few minutes during the second match when an elderly spectator fell ill. She was helped out of the stand by St John Ambulance staff.
It was a dry, bright and warm day at the All England Club, with temperatures reaching 26C according to the Met Office.
A spokesman for the All England Club said 72 spectators were treated by St John Ambulance staff - a high proportion due to the temperature - but they were all able to continue watching the tennis.
He said this was a "very low" number considering there were tens of thousands of people in the grounds.