Andy Murray and Ash Barty pay tribute to each other
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Andy Murray has urged tennis to produce a docuseries similar to F1’s popular Drive to Survive on Netflix. However, his level of optimism regarding the idea coming to fruition is low, due to fears of the sport not being open enough to grant behind-the-scenes access in that manner.
Drive to Survive gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the drivers and races of the Formula One World Championship.
So far three seasons have been aired, which cover the 2018, 2019 and the 2020 seasons, all of which were won by Sir Lewis Hamilton.
The series brought new eyes to the sport, especially where the younger demographic is concerned. And the 2021 versio is set to be the best yet thanks to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s epic title battle.
The former world number one thinks tennis could be impacted in the same way and has experience of filming his own docuseries Andy Murray: Resurfacing, which chronicled his recovery from injury and aired on Amazon Prime Video.
“I would [be open to a similar docuseries in tennis] because I think that there is huge benefit to the sport,” Murray told Eurosport in an interview. “I don’t think tennis is open enough to allow access like that. It’s a difficult one because, yeah, it’s brilliant.”
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He added: “A lot of people have spoken about Drive to Survive. I’ve watched a few episodes myself. I haven’t watched the whole thing but I enjoyed it and, yeah, something like that would be really good for tennis.
“A lot of players would [be open to it] but you also need to trust the people that are filming as well.
“There has been documentaries or docuseries in the past that have followed sports teams and it hasn’t gone well. The football teams or whoever have come out of it looking terrible.
“So I think providing it’s done well and that there’s a level of respect and trust there between the athletes and the people that are filming it, I think it can be unbelievably positive.”
Speaking of trust, Murray explained how the relationship he had with the woman who filmed his documentary enabled him to be even more honest and open as the cameras followed him around.
“I knew the lady that was filming it and was friendly with her and I trusted her – otherwise I wouldn’t have done it,” Murray said.
“Because we’d spent so much time together, and I let her into my surgery and my lowest moments – stuff I would normally only speak to my family or friends about.
“I trusted her and felt like I was able to be really open and honest and I wasn’t going to be screwed over.
“I was comfortable opening up and being myself and I guess being vulnerable or whatever in front of her.”
After an impressive campaign at the Mubadala Championships in Abu Dhabi where he reached the final, Murray will be hoping to hit the ground running in 2022 with a strong showing at next month’s Australian Open.
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