Exhausted gold medalist Murray makes brief appearance in Toronto

After reaching his first Wimbledon final and winning the Olympic gold medal, world No. 4 Andy Murray arrived in Toronto feeling a bit sluggish.  He limped between points in his second-round 6-1, 6-3 win over Flavio Cipolla; spoke of feeling sore in his press conference afterward; and then withdrew from the Rogers Cup the very next day.

“The hard courts, for me anyway, [are] the hardest on my body,” said Murray, who endured a much-longer-than-normal grass court season, not only because of his results, but because the London Olympics were held at Wimbledon.  “I never really had any problems with my left knee before, so I want to make sure it’s not something that I’m going to play through and maybe damage it a little bit more.”

“When I got the treatment on the court, the sharp pain wasn’t there,” Murray said of his match on Tuesday.  “But [I] was just getting quite a lot of clicking in my knee, which normally means it’s not tracking properly.  That’s probably due to a bit of fatigue in the muscles from the traveling and whatnot.”

Murray is currently scheduled to compete in Cincinnati en route to the U.S. Open.

Video: Andy Murray press conference excerpt – Aug. 7, 2012
video by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine