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You can't be serious: Rory McIlroy meets tennis aces at Wimbledon

McIlroy tells Murray to ‘keep doing what you’re doing’ while McEnroe argues with a passing umpire.

Out! Andy Murray, left, John McEnroe, and US Open champ Rory McIlroy.
Out! Andy Murray, left, John McEnroe, and US Open champ Rory McIlroy.
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IF RORY MCILROY continues this post-Congressional lap of honour, he might not make it to the British Open.

The US Open golf champion met Andy Murray and John McEnroe at Wimbledon today. And the Holywood man had no advice other than to “keep doing what you’re doing.”

The 22-year-old overcame a collapse at the Masters in April to win his first major this month by eight shots for his first major title.

Murray is hoping to put three previous Grand Slam final defeats behind him by winning the Wimbledon title to end Britain’s 75-year wait for a men’s singles winner here.

McIlroy met Murray and McEnroe before the Scot’s practice session. McEnroe asked McIlroy if he had any advice for Murray, who will play Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

“Not really,” McIlroy said. “He’s playing awesome. He looked great yesterday. Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Murray wanted to know what McIlroy’s upcoming plans were, and discovered the pair share a love of boxing. McIlroy, who will play at the British Open beginning July 10, said he would practice for three days before traveling to Germany to watch British boxer David Haye’s heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.

Murray, a boxing fan, struck up a friendship with Haye while they were training in Miami this year.

The 24-year-old Scot avidly watched McIlroy’s US Open win the night before Wimbledon began, but he downplayed his golfing ability.

“I used to play a bit when I was younger,” Murray said. “My brother (doubles player Jamie) played really well. He played off like 3 or 4 (handicap) when he was 16. I’m more like 14, 15.”

McIlroy didn’t comment on his tennis skills, but said: “I’m a big tennis fan.

“I grew up watching Tim Henman here at Wimbledon and cheering him on every summer,” he said. “Now that’s been passed over to Andy. We’re all behind him and hopefully he can win his first Grand Slam.”

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