Andy Murray insists he is ready for the fervour that will greet his latest attempt at winning Wimbledon.
Anticipation that Murray will claim his first grand slam has risen following his success at the AEGON Championships - the second time he has won at Queen’s in three years.
Murray has grown accustomed to carrying the nation’s hopes on his shoulders. It was 1936 when a Briton last won the men’s singles at Wimbledon, which begin on Monday.
“Dealing with the public’s expectations has never been an issue for me,” said the 24-year-old.
“I grew up watching Tim Henman a lot so I knew that if I was to get to that level, it was something I must expect. It wasn’t something that came as a great surprise and the more years you are around it, the better you know how to deal with it.
“It’s part of the job and part and parcel of being a sportsman in this country. It’s never an excuse for playing badly, you just have to do your job and get on with it.
“Winning Queen’s didn’t crank up my own expectation levels and that’s what’s important.
“We knew what the goals were for the grass court season when we went to Queen’s and that hasn’t changed just because I won there.
“I need to get back on the practice court, work hard and get myself ready for Wimbledon, which is the priority.”
Sheffield’s Anna Fitzpatrick has been knocked out of Wimbledon after suffering a first round qualifying defeat to Canada’s Stephanie Dubois.
The 22-year-old, who was handed a wildcard into the qualifying event, lost 6-1, 6-1 against the in-form world number 139.
Fitzpatrick, world ranked 365, has shown good form this year, winning the Wrexham $10,000 title in January.