Murray hoping to do well in 'last few years' of competitions

Iconic British secret agent James Bond's ability to unite the British people is required now more than ever, tennis star Andy Murray said in a candid interview with The Times on Saturday.

'But because I was some way off where I wanted to be after the French I have been practising here as soon as I got back from Paris'.

The competition starts on Monday and includes Milos Raonic, who Murray beat to lift the trophy past year, Stan Wawrinka, who got the better of Murray in the last four of the French Open, and 2014 victor Grigor Dimitrov.

Wawrinka opens his Queen's campaign against Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, while Milos Raonic, beaten by Murray in the Queen's and Wimbledon finals a year ago, starts against Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis.

"I know some of the players have been doing really well until their mid-30s recently, but that might not be the case with me".

"I don't like being the centre of attention and obviously when you lose a match and there are lots of people around, you just want to go unnoticed", he said.

If Murray is to add to his three Grand Slam triumphs he knows he needs Lendl by his side. "Despite the bitter taste at Wimbledon, it was the best feeling I've had on court and the most volatile of feeling great for winning the semi-final (he beat Roger Federer) and then disappointment at not winning the final".

But Murray is confident he has rediscovered his rhythm in time to mount a strong defence of the Wimbledon crown he won for a second time past year.

"You had to be there to see how bad I was playing, how bad the practices were and how bad I was feeling".

"It is easy for someone like Jamie to tell Ivan on the phone that I was not playing well, that I was not happy and that I was struggling".

"If you are too relaxed or content with how things are going you might miss small details or in practice every shot does not have the same meaning".

"I'll give it my best shot for sure".

"But I was in a pretty bad place before the French Open". I'm living at home, I love the grass, and I've had a lot of success here.

Vanessa Coleman