Tennis star Andy Murray has admitted that he was wrong last week to state that there is “very little skill involved in the Tour de France.” The Olympic and US Open men’s single champion had made the claim at a press conference ahead of the Paribas Paris Masters tournament after calling for drug testing to be stepped up in tennis.
The 25-year-old’s remarks provoked a storm on Twitter as well as in the comments to our story here on road.cc, though Murray says that his off-the-cuff remarks, made in response to a question, don’t reflect his real feelings.
“What happened in cycling is pretty shocking and you just want to make sure you can completely rule anything like that out in your own sport, because I love tennis, so you’d hate for anything like that to happen,” he explained ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
“A lot of things you can say may come across the wrong way. It’s not always easy when you’re in a room filled with people and you get asked a question you have to answer straight away,” continued Murray, quoted in The Scotsman.
“One or two words can make something you meant in the right way come across badly. I try my best to not make any silly comments or say anything jokingly that may be taken out of context. It’s unfortunate it comes across that way sometimes. I’ll just try better to not make any more mistakes like that.”
Murray is of course entitled to his opinion and it shouldn't be forgotten that his original comments on skill were shared by many of the cyclists who commented on our original story. On the flip side comparing the skill levels of sports in which different skill sets are required is like comparing apples with pears.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.