TENNIS star Andy Murray has dismissed suggestions that Hibs have suffered from mental weakness in big matches this season.
The Hibees were defeated by Rangers in the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-finals and also suffered a shock loss to Falkirk in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
World No.3 Murray chatted to players at Hibs’ East Mains training complex before his wedding to Kim Sears and has since taken time out of his French Open schedule to deny claims that question the team’s lack of psychological strength.
“It was a shame Hibs didn’t get promoted because we were playing well towards the end of the season,” said Murray, whose grandfather, Roy Erskine, played for the club.
“They kind of lost it a bit in the first leg against Rangers and I heard they had a bunch of chances towards the end of the game. 2-0 isn’t easy for the second leg.
“I went to the training ground when I was back before the wedding and had a chat with some of the players.
“Obviously, sport is very mental but that isn’t always the case because you can have someone who is very strong mentally who is ranked 150 in the world but they don’t have the same skill set as someone who is weak mentally but incredibly talented.
“There are lots of things that come into winning matches. There are eleven players on the field, so I am sure some of the are strong mentally.”
Former Wimbledon champion Murray faces Portuguese opponent Joao Sousa in the second round at Roland Garros tomorrow after beating Argentina’s Facundo Arguello in straight sets on Monday.