World No. 3 Andy Murray (Player Bio) received the prestigious OBE award from the Duke of Cambridge in Buckingham Palace earlier today, but the day was not without its unexpected troubles. The top british star almost missed his Royal meeting due to a random drug test.
“They turned up at my door at 8.20am and I had a taxi booked for half past eight,” Murray told Sky Sports News. “I was a bit worried I was going to be late but the taxi did a great job in getting us here.”
Murray, who did not appear bothered with the sudden testing, admit that it is an important part of the job – albeit an inconvenient one.
“[Drug testing is] part of the job but when you have a day like today you are looking forward to, it’s the last thing you need.”
His recent back surgery brought about an anti-climatic finish to the season for Murray. The Brit was unable to defend his US Open title, having exited in the quarterfinals to Stanislas Wawrinka and had since been rehabilitating his back after he opted for surgery in September.
“I’m not going to come back until I’m 100 per cent fit so I’ll have to wait and see. I’ve been recovering well, I’ve been doing my rehab and I haven’t hit a tennis ball for four weeks.”
The British No. 1 admits it may still be a while before he is fully recovered. He has at least another month before he will be returning to the courts and a while longer before professional competition.
“It’s probably going to be another four weeks or so before I can start getting on the court again, but I’ll just have to wait and see. “