Tennis ace Andy Murray has thanked his recent marriage to former Barcombe girl Kim Sears for strong performances on the court.
The former Olympic and Wimbledon champion beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday.
Last month he married Kim, who grew up in Barcombe, and after his victory against the Spanish star Murray wrote ‘Marriage Works!’ on a TV camera lens.
The Scot is renowned for struggling in the clay court season.
But he has won his first two titles on the surface within a week since his marriage, the latter against the man many see as the greatest ever on clay.
Murray told Sky Sports: “Marriage has been nice and a lot of people have talked about the honeymoon period. But we’ve been together a very long time and getting married was the next step.”
Murray and the former Burgess Hill School for Girls student were partners for nine years before they tied the knot.
“I’ve always said if the personal stuff is happy and under control that helps your performance on the court,” he said.
“But I also feel healthy this year and have trained well, I’m in much better shape on clay than I have been for a number of years.”