Trend setter Murray seeks London triple crown

Mon Nov 3, 2014 9:28pm EST
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - He is the man who sparked joyous scenes of celebration across a grateful nation when he ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's champion.

Yet 14 months later Andy Murray's towering frame was missing from the eight-man lineup featured on the giant billboard posters plastered across the streets of London to advertise the ATP World Tour Finals.

While organizers scramble to replace the out-of-date banners -- proclaiming "Get Ready London. They're Back" -- with ones featuring Murray, the Scot is unlikely to lose any sleep over the omission.

What he will be more keen to focus on will be the thought of completing a unique treble of London titles.

Having bagged a gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics and won the 2013 Wimbledon championship, Murray will get his first chance to complete the hat-trick at the O2 next week after missing last year's season finale following back surgery.

"It (winning the treble) would definitely mean a lot," Murray told Reuters in an interview in the run-up to the Tour Finals.

"I know what it takes to win at the highest level so I will just make sure I prepare myself in the best possible way to give myself the best chance of success, but I am playing well and enjoying it right now.

"It was disappointing not playing last year when I had to withdraw because of my back. It has been a tough year, but I feel like I am fully fit now, and have had a great last six weeks and I can't wait to return to the O2," added Murray, who has also won three Queen's Club titles in the capital city.   Continued...