NFL star quarterback Kirk Cousins is a tennis fan and he had a thrill meeting three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray. As Cousins and Murray shook hands, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback told the Briton, "I admire your grit."
Murray, 35, has had two major hip surgeries and he is past his prime but he is still competing and giving his best to achieve at least one more big result before he retires. “That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of him: his grit, toughness, the ability to come back from injury.
Tennis is already mentally [difficult] as a singles player, you’re on your own. Matches can get long, you need to dig deep. It can be mentally and emotionally heartbreaking. The way he’s handled not only his career, but individual matches, it is inspiring to watch and kind of helps me with what I’m doing," Cousins told the ATP website.
Cousins on his admiration for Murray and the Big Three
Cousins started his college career in 2007 and he has been in the NFL since 2012. There was time when Cousins stopped following tennis so he could focus on football but now he is once again more interested in tennis.
“As I got older and really got away from tennis to focus on football, that was when Federer, Nadal and Djokovic made their rise,” Cousins said. “Now as I’m getting into it, those guys are getting a little older and so it’s been fun to see some of the younger names start to make a run”.
Cousins, who is set to turn 34 next month, explained why he really admires Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. “I think the longevity, the body work. Tennis is a grind on their bodies physically.
The travel and just watching how they take care of themselves, I think there’s something there with trying to play as long as you can,” Cousins said. “I think they’re setting a good example with the work they’re putting in to take care of their bodies”.