Murray looks to McIlroy example as Kamke turns to past champion

His membership of the All England Club might be in jeopardy after this. Michael Stich, who won the men's singles title here 20 years ago and has reinforced his credentials among the British tennis establishment as a stalwart of the BBC commentary team, is the mentor of Tobias Kamke, who will today attempt to end Andy Murray's quest to win the Wimbledon title.

Kamke, who secured his place in the second round by completing a 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 victory yesterday over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic, has looked to Stich for advice ever since he first met his boyhood hero eight years ago at the Uhlenhorster HC club five minutes from the 1991 Wimbledon champion's home near Hamburg. Kamke, who was 17 at the time, clearly impressed his fellow German by beating him in a practice match.

When Kamke enjoyed his first success on the Futures circuit one year later he wanted to give up his academic studies, but Stich was among those who persuaded him to wait. "If you're good enough to make it on tour right now then you're going to make it in two years' time," Stich told him.

The two men met on Monday and Kamke said he would be speaking to Stich last night to ask for advice on playing in such of a big crowd. Kamke, now 25, first came to Wimbledon as an 11-year-old spectator with his father to watch Boris Becker play, though he has never set foot on Centre Court.

With career earnings of $528,079 (about £325,000), Kamke has pocketed barely a thirtieth of the prize money Murray has won. The cars they drive are evidence of their different lifestyles: Murray recently swapped his Ferrari for an Aston Martin, while Kamke still drives the Volkswagen Golf he bought seven years ago.

Roger Federer was among those who congratulated Kamke after he was presented with an award in London last November as the ATP World Tour's "Newcomer of the Year" after climbing 187 places in the world rankings. He was at a career-high No 64 earlier this year though he has since slipped to No 83. Murray remembers practising with Kamke in Monte Carlo but otherwise has seen little of him.

As if the weight of national expectation on his shoulders was not great enough, Murray has been reminded this week of the bar that the golfer Rory McIlroy set with his remarkable victory in the US Open, which has made him favourite to win the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award. Murray said with a smile: "A few people have said to me that because of what Rory has done, unless I win this week I have got no chance."

While McIlroy played four rounds at Congressional to win his first major on Sunday night, Murray will have to play seven to take his first Grand Slam title here. Round one was safely negotiated with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 victory over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver under the Centre Court roof on Monday.

"I've never met Rory but I would like to," Murray said. "I've always found it interesting meeting other athletes – ones who have been very successful and especially British athletes. They have been through a lot of the same sort of things that you have."

He added: "I do play golf from time to time, but when I play my back gets quite stiff so I never play around competitions. But after here I have got four or five weeks until the next tournament so I will play a little bit.

"Everyone thinks I'm a bandit because I always give myself 15 or 16 shots. I've not lost a game of golf for five years. But it's not me being a bandit. So many people who I play with say: 'I'm a seven.' But I've never seen them play to a seven handicap ever. I would rather just say I'm a 15 and that is your genuine handicap rather than some macho thing like I have to be single digits. Hardly anyone is."

As for comparing golf and tennis Murray said: "They're both individual sports but in golf you have a caddy with you who is there to help you with things. Tennis is all about variation, while golf is about repetition. You have to do the same swing over and over and over again. That's what's impressive about it. One little slip-up in the swing or one wrong movement and they can hit the ball into the trees."

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
News
news
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Sport
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
i100
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
News
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam