When you see a headline that reads “Andy Murray is as fast as Usain Bolt,” you know something sounds a little fishy.
That’s part of the headline that ran in The Telegraph, which interviewed Murray’s long-time fitness trainer, Jez Green. Speaking on Murray’s increased fitness, which he attributed to yet another grueling offseason, Green said Murray’s “lazy speed” belies his Usain Bolt quickness.
“Andy has lazy speed — by which I mean that he doesn’t look as if he’s moving that fast, but it’s actually deceptive. He’s been clocked at moving at 10 metres per second over very short intervals, maybe even as short as a single step, which is as fast as Usain Bolt. I’m not saying that he is that fast over 100 metres but he has great acceleration when he is chasing down a drop shot.”
In other words, in a footrace the length of “a single step”, Andy Murray is as fast as Usain Bolt. Got it.
In all seriousness, it’s interesting to read that Murray has put on three pounds of muscle over the offseason. In an era when players are actually looking to reduce their weight in order to manage the wear and tear on their bodies, Murray is still focused on getting stronger. Green says while Novak Djokovic’s strength comes from his wiry frame and extraordinary flexibility, Murray has to rely on his anticipation and agility, the latter of which requires increased leg strength.