Andy Murray is not only a great tennis player, and more so, he is a person with a great personality. Murray has always made it a point to support the sport of tennis and people from his country. And he did it again. Liam Broady finally secured himself a position at a Grand slam for the first time after 12 attempts.
After progressing through three rounds of qualifying to seal a place in the men’s singles draw at Roland Garros. During his game on Thursday, his close friend Andy Murray was there in the stands, supporting him. Broady appreciates his compatriot’s support and claims that Murray’s presence was a massive boost for him.
“I started pretty bad today, but then Andy turned up, and that was a real boost. He’s a pretty loud supporter. For some, Andy Murray watching you might be a bit disconcerting, but he helped me out today.” said the world No.206, after qualifying without dropping a single set.
Broady and Murray have recently been in some friendly jibs on social media and have also been continually jabbing each other about the post-lockdown ‘Battle of the Brits’ exhibitions. Despite that, the 26-year-old was happy to have the three-time slam champion by his side.
“You can’t fault Andy as a tennis player or a human being. I’ve got to know him a lot better in the past couple of months. He’s been fantastic. We’ve got a few WhatsApp groups from the Battle of the Brits events, and everyone has been so supportive, driving me on, they’ve given me tactics for players here.”, Broady added.
Liam Broady Beat the 12th Seeded Australian in Qualifiers Round
Whereas Broady has qualified for the main draw of the Grand Slam event for the first time in his career at the French Open 2020, he reached the second round at Wimbledon as a wild card entrant in 2015.
Broady worked hard to become the fifth British man in this year’s men’s singles draw. After overcoming Spain’s Nicola Kuhn and Holland’s Botic van de Zandschulp he had to win over Marc Polmans, a player ranked 85 places above him in the world rankings, to qualify.
Liam won the first-set tie-break against the Australian and edged back-to-back games at the death to seal the set and the match 7-6 (5) 6-4.
Andy Murray, a part of the Roland Garros main draw, will face Wawrinka in his first-round.