Dear Andy Murray
Dear Andy Murray,
We’re pretty different, you and I. But we both feel overworked, so I guess we have something in common. Only I don’t play tennis for a living; I work in public health care 47 weeks of the year, at least 40 hours a week. It isn’t exactly a dream job, but I’ve got to admit, there’s some pretty good perks. Like free milk in the tearoom most mornings, and the occasional pack of biscuits due to expire. We get leftover apples from patients, (it used to be bananas before the floods hit), and if you’re in dire need of tampons, well, there’s plenty of them in the store room. So it isn’t bad. I don’t want to do it until I’m 65 though, (that’s the age I’m supposed to retire). So in the weekends I write, because that’s my real passion. And I’m sure you know all about passion, as you play tennis. My understanding is that tennis players play for the love of the sport, not the money. For the feeling of winning, of improving, of having masses of people supporting you through thick and thin. So you must understand that even though I don’t get paid much for my writing yet, I love doing it anyway and nothing can stop me trying to make it professionally. I imagine you can relate.
When you said that comment about the US Open needing to pay you more if they want to extend the tournament to 15 days, I knew you were joking. I mean you already earn more in one day of the US Open than the average person does in a year. If it’s the right day, you can make as much money as most people do in decades. So clearly you must have been kidding, because that sounds rather greedy, and I know it isn’t about the money for you. But you were clearly serious with your comments about the schedule. I have to admit I moan too sometimes when I get sick of working weekends and late shifts. But I’ve got to admit, I’ve got it pretty good. And so do you, from what I can tell. 20 weeks a year and a say in your working schedule? That doesn’t sound too bad to me. And they’re giving you more holidays next year too, so maybe you should see how that goes before you start threatening radical strike action. After all, you don’t really want to strike do you? Because that means you won’t be able to play tennis. And tennis is what you love, right?
Thanks for clearing that up, Andy.
All the best,