Murray: I need a break
Wimbledon runner-up to step out of the limelight
Last Updated: 09/07/12 9:00am
Andy Murray: Taking a break from tennis
Andy Murray will not be stepping onto a tennis court again for at least a week, to allow his mind and body to recover from the stresses and strains of Wimbledon.
The world No 4 says he is suffering physically and psychologically from the effects of just missing out on a maiden Grand Slam title, after losing in four sets to Roger Federer in Sunday's final at SW19.
The 25-year-old Scot lost 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 and he admits he will need time to get himself back into shape to compete in the forthcoming Olympic Games.
Following his Centre Court defeat, Murray said: "Until my mind is right there's no point in going on the court until I'm ready to go out there.
"Until my mind is right there's no point in going on the court until I'm ready to go out there."
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"I'll wait and see how my body recovers after the next few days. I fell a lot of times this tournament. I got a lot of bruises all over my body and stuff.
"So I need to take a few days off, let everything heal, recover, and then see. But I won't be on the court next week, that's for sure."
There will certainly be some consolation for the Scot in his performance, which was several levels above his previous grand slam finals, while he also ended his record of never having won a set.
Murray said: "It doesn't get easier. When you lose, it's hard. It's tough to take, but you need to try to show strength of character to come back from it. Hopefully one day you get there.
"I'd say that's the best I've played in a slam final. I created chances. I went up a set. It was a long match. Even the last two sets, I still had chances.
"I played a good match. I made pretty good decisions for the most part, so I'm happy with that."