Andy Murray invited reporters to abandon a Wimbledon news conference so that he could watch the World Cup round of 16 thriller between France and Argentina. Murray stated that he couldn’t believe he was missing the match and suggested the reporters to end the conference by pointing at the door.
Murray was fulfilling his media duties while Kylian Mbappe gave one of the performances of the tournament in Russia, and the Scot made no secret of the fact that he would rather be watching the action in Kazan.
A lifelong supporter of Scottish Premier League club Hibernian, Murray is the grandson of a professional footballer and he also works as a mentor to young players at the Easter Road club. He has often spoken about his “huge passion” for football and it was in evidence as reporters tried to keep his attentions on tennis.
“I can’t believe I’m missing this match,” said the 31-year-old, before pointing towards the door and suggesting: “Shall we just go and…”
If Murray, who only recently returned from hip surgery, would make an unexpected foray into the latter stages of this year’s Wimbledon, he could face another scheduling quandary. The World Cup final has been slated on the same day as the Wimbledon final this year, and the official FIFA World Cup Twitter account posted a message to Murray saying, “Just wait until he realizes what clashes with the World Cup Final on July 15th.”