Andy Murray explains how Rafael Nadal inspired his move to Spain at the age of 15


Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has admitted he and Rafael Nadal have been friends since they were young and revealed it was the Spaniard who inspired his move to Spain. At the age of 15, Murray moved to Barcelona to train at the Sanchez-Casal Academy.

“Rafa and I are good friends and have been since we were young,” Murray told HELLO magazine. “We grew up competing together and hearing about his training in Spain was a pivotal moment for me.

He was able to train way more than me and hit top 100 when he was 14/15 I knew instantly I would have to change my setup in the UK I called my mum that that night and told her that I, ‘I had made my decision, I was moving to Spain!”

Murray on the importance of friendships on the Tour

This week, Murray, Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have all come together for the Laver Cup.

The Big Four are all set to represent Team Europe and be teammates. They take this opportunity to spend quality time together on and off the pitch. “As a professional gamer, you face a lot of pressure and high expectations to go out and perform, as well as dealing with the added layer of being in the public eye that I had to adapt to from the start. age of 16 – and I didn’t make it ‘t easy.

That’s why it’s always been important to me to have a supportive group of friends and family,” Murray said. Murray, 35, is set to make his Laver Cup debut this week. Ahead of the tournament, Murray said he didn’t know that Federer was retiring when he signed up to play in the Laver Cup. Now Murray is expected to be part of Federer’s final tournament.


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