Deep into the twilight of his career, Andy Murray remains one of the most fascinating and compelling of athletes, refusing to leave centre stage.
Just when it seemed he might sit out this week’s Davis Cup finals qualifying group stage, in he swooped on Friday to score a vital point to help Great Britain to a 2-1 victory over Switzerland — accompanied by the emotional revelation that he had missed his grandmother’s funeral to do so.
He may yet be involved again on Saturday in the last match against France at Manchester’s AO Arena, which is expected to pull the largest crowd ever for a Davis Cup tie held in the UK.
Murray had kept the situation around the funeral private from his team captain, Leon Smith. Having discussed the matter with his father, and received his blessing, the double Wimbledon champion opted to fulfil a pre-planned commitment. His decision to play is in line with the Scot’s extraordinary dedication to his profession.
His display of emotion after beating Leandro Riedi on Friday — sparked when the on-court interviewer randomly referenced a 90-year-old lady in the crowd — is part of a long-seen pattern of him not being afraid to shed tears in public.
Andy Murray broke down in tears following his win for Great Britain at the Davis Cup after revealing that he had missed his grandmother’s funeral to play in the match
He battled past Switzerland’s Leonardo Riedi in gruelling fashion on Friday, winning 6-7 6-4 6-4