Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Sweets help Murray' in ice bath

Andy Murray recently missed the French Open because of a back injury but is returning to Wimbledon
Andy Murray recently missed the French Open because of a back injury but is returning to Wimbledon

Tennis star Andy Murray relies on a humble assortment of sweets to get him through gruelling ice baths following workouts, according to a filmmaker who followed him for a year.

Filmmaker Jo McCusker met Murray for a new BBC1 documentary, Andy Murray: The Man Behind The Racquet, to be broadcast later this month.

She told the Radio Times that her team filmed one of the 26-year-old's "boot camp" sessions in Miami when he trained for six hours.

"Then there's the iced bath session. Andy has to spend 10 minutes in a brutally cold bath after training to rid his body of the lactic acid," she said.

"He has a cup of sweets to lure him into the water (he wears just his shorts), and for us at least he resisted the obvious urge to swear out loud."

The filmmaker, who interviewed actor James Corden, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to get an insight into the Scottish player, said Murray ate lots of takeaway sushi but struggled to reach the 6,000 calories a day he has to consume.

Off court, he competes on a PlayStation against tennis rivals but good friends Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, Ms McCusker said.

"You don't see anything flash because he doesn't do anything flash. He doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't go out. And it all comes back to one word, mentioned by everyone we spoke to: ordinary."

Murray recently missed the French Open because of a back injury but is returning to Wimbledon where he reached the final last year. He has won Olympic gold, and the US Open last September.

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