For Andy Murray, Wimbledon is a more special event than other tournaments. The world no. 1 plays at home and he feels always an extra pressure in front of his crowd. He won two titles there, in 2013 and 2016, and ahead of the upcoming third Grand Slam event of the season he admitted that the pressure is always there. 'It is nerve-racking, I get very nervous and I feel the pressure before Wimbledon every year,' Murray told Sky Sports. 'I think the first time I came back as defending champion it did feel a little bit different.
I also wasn't playing well when I came in that year and I had had the back surgery not so long beforehand, so I'm thinking I'll deal with it a little bit better this year. Obviously you get to stay at home, I get to see my family, sleep in my own bed and that's nice because obviously as tennis players we are playing all over the world so it is quite rare for us to play a tournament and get to stay at home.
That's nice. There are more demands on your time than other times of the year, but I do feel like the pressure and the spotlight also makes me concentrate more. I do find it stressful but I think it helps me concentrate better.' Murray hasn't had a good 2017 season so far, as he struggled physically and on a health level: after Australian Open he suffered shingles, then in March elbow injury and before Roland Garros he had fever.
Still, he is confident that can have a deep run at the All England Club and may successfully defend his title conquered last year. 'I want to try and win here another time if I can and I think there is a good chance that I could do it if I prepare properly and play well,' he said.
'I love playing on grass, it has been my most successful surface in my career and if I could get to three it would be a great achievement." ALSO READ: Exhibition matches: Murray pulls out! Kokkinakis, Coric win