Andy Murray wearing eco-friendly merino wool AMC tennis kit at Wimbledon he helped design
ANDY MURRAY is wearing an eco-friendly tennis kit he helped design at Wimbledon this year.
The British hero, 34, made a dramatic return to singles action at Wimbledon after four years away on Monday evening when he beat Nikoloz Basilashvili.
And he wowed the Centre Court crowd in his merino wool outfit for his clothing brand AMC.
Murray launched his partnership with sportswear company Castore in 2019.
And this year's Wimbledon collection – all in white, of course, but with orange trim – has been created with The Woolmark Company.
Merino wool is breathable and boasts thermoregulation – the fibre naturally responds to changes in body temperature – but is also 100 per cent natural, renewable and biodegradable meaning it is great for the planet.
The range starts from £60 with a performance tee, a polo, shorts and a midlayer 1/4 zip top available from castore.com right now.
With sweat-wicking and odour-prevention technology to match the classy designs, the merino material will help keep Muzza looking and feeling coolon the court.
Speaking to GQ, he said: "When I first picked it up, I was thinking that there was no chance I could play in it.
"It was thick and I was expecting to be roasting wearing it, but that wasn't the case. It's really comfortable and doesn’t restrict my game at all.
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"Working with Castore is certainly different from the other relationships that I've had with clothing brands throughout my career.
"The traditional sponsorship deal I had before was where I was paid to endorse and wear the clothes, whereas this is something a bit different.
"I am more involved and it is something that I can invest in my post-playing career. I'd love to see young kids growing up and playing in my tennis kit.
"I don't really understand the fashion side of things particularly well – I'm not the most fashionable person in the world – but I do like the technical stuff and the performance side of things.”
The former world No1 – complete with his metal hip – dug deep as he battled past 24th seed Basilashvili on Centre Court.
There were plenty of butterflies, jitters and sweaty palms as the Scottish superstar surrendered two match points and squandered a 5-0 third-set lead to win 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-3.
Murray said: “It was an amazing reception when I came out, and a great atmosphere throughout.
“I did well to win the fourth set. That was not mentally easy going back to the locker room.
“I had a shower, I went to the toilet – just a number one – and then it was really disappointing that I lost the third.
“I keep being asked if this is my last Wimbledon or last match. No. I want to play. I am enjoying it and I still can play at the highest level.
“He is ranked 28 in the world and I have hardly played any matches and I beat him. I will keep going.”
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