Criticism is an inevitable part of every sportsperson’s life. While positive criticism is necessary for proper growth, negative criticism acts otherwise. Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray was recently a victim of the latter and faced one of the toughest times in his career.
Back in 2011, Murray was a rising youngster making his way into the circuit. He reached the semi-finals of the Wimbledon championship and was up against Rafael Nadal.
The Briton was on the backfoot, owing to his two defeats against Nadal in the French Open and the Monte Carlo Open. Despite that, he was brave enough to win the first set. However, the Spaniard came from behind to rattle him and take the match.
Murray received outrageous criticism for his game after the match. However, one specific hurl of comment really hurt him. It was enough to drive him into a period of self-doubt as well.
“People have said some terrible things to me, but I don’t let it bother me. But there was one time. I had just lost in the semis at Wimbledon [against Rafael Nadal in 2011] and was walking down the street with my wife. Some guys drove past and screamed, “You f***ing loser!” It was a period in my career where I was already doubting myself. I found it hurtful,” he stated.
Andy Murray since 2011
Following the incident back in 2011, Andy Murray came back to give the perfect reply to his haters. In 2012, he became the first British man to win the US Open since 1936 and the first British player since 1977.
Absolute revenge came in the form of two Wimbledon championships in the years 2013 and 2016. The multiple Wimbledon championships made him the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon titles since 1936.
The Briton continued his stellar display by claiming gold at two consecutive Olympics in 2012 and 2016. Murray was an integral part of Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team. Sweeping aside every negativity, Murray emerged stronger than ever to answer his haters with a dominant spirit.