express– Andy Murray is considering becoming a golf caddie or football coach when his injury-ravaged tennis career comes to an end.
The three-time Grand Slam winner wants to carry the clubs of some of the PGA’s elite players – or follow in the footsteps of fellow Scot Sir Alex Ferguson by taking charge in the dugout.
Murray underwent hip replacement surgery in January 2019 and he has struggled to return to his lofty heights.
The 33-year-old is at the tail end of his playing career and he is already weighing up his next move.
“I love sport, so something that would interest me would be working in another sport,” Murray told the Gentlemen’s Journal.
“I really like golf, so being a caddie for example on the golf tour would be something I would find exciting.
“To be up close and personal to top golfers – and to learn about another sport like that – and maybe there’s some crossover between the two sports from the mental side and things, and so you might be able to help a golfer.
“Or getting your coaching badges in football – that’s something that would be fun to do.”
Organised sport was permitted in the UK from Monday following the easing of coronavirus rules and Murray hopes that it will help change the culture of tennis at club level.
“It’s a great social sport that people can play through until their 70s – it’s something you can play for life,” he added.
“That’s the thing that the UK needs to capitalise on more of a club culture.
“They have that over in France and Spain a lot, where people can go down and hang out at the tennis club – play some tennis and have their lunch there. Not really the case in the UK. And that’s something I wish was a bit different.”
Murray also spoke about the biggest mistake he made as a junior player, alongside brother Jamie.
He explained: “Me and my brother first signed a deal with a management company I think when we were 12-13 years old.
“And your parents… because most parents have never experienced having a child or working with an athlete who is potentially world class, so you rely on the experts to help guide you, but I don’t think that management companies [always] have the athletes’ best interests at heart.
“And signing athletes at 12-13 suggests that they don’t because, you know, does a kid really need a pressure of one of the biggest management companies in world sport looking after them when they are 12-13? I don’t know if that’s the right message to send.”