Andy Murray might not have managed to win as many major titles as his compatriots and fans were expecting him to after his win in the Wimbledon Championships 2013, but, he still commands the same amount of respect in all parts of United Kingdom and the young players from there, both males and females, see him as role model.
Heather Watson, a 22 year-old female tennis player from UK, became the champion in the singles competition of the Hobart International Tennis tournament yesterday and she dedicated her win to Murray saying that the Scot has been a great inspiration over the last few years for her and many other British youngsters.
It was the second World Tennis Association title for Watson. No player from Great Britain had been able to win two titles on the tour in the female category in the last three decades.
The last time that somebody had done so was Anne Hobbs and her second title had come in 1985.
So, it has been a long gap. Watson’s success though proves that the standard of female tennis in UK is improving.
Watson is only young and she can add many more titles to her tally.
Speaking in her interview after claiming the title, she said, “A lot of credit for the success of the British players off late should go to Andy Murray. He has inspired us all. He is an absolute hero. As a youngster, you can learn a lot from the way he goes about his job.”
“It was fantastic playing with him in the mixed doubles recently. He’s thoroughly professional and no matter at which level he plays, he competes hard all the time.”
Watson is presently at no. 38 in the World rankings of the female tennis players.