The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Needle match for Andy Murray as he wears wool kit at Wimbledon


Andy Murray will mark his first singles appearance at Wimbledon in four years by wearing a new woollen kit.

The three-time grandslam winner, 34, who has not played a singles match at the All England Club since 2017, will wear a jersey made from merino wool, which has become popular with some athletes for its ability to absorb a lot of moisture.

Players have not routinely worn wool for almost a century and it will be a throwback to the 1930s era when fellow Brit Fred Perry famously sported V-neck pullovers during his allconquer­ing spell on grass.

Manufactur­ers Castore say “no other fibre can match all of its natural benefits with exceptiona­l breathabil­ity, thermoregu­lation and supreme softness next to the skin, helping players keep cool and comfortabl­e on court”.

And Murray said on the firm’s website: “I work with the designers on every piece, with technical performanc­e at the heart of the process.

It’s important that the kit performs well under the toughest conditions.

“I’ve been testing the kit for a few months now and am really happy with how it feels and performs. For me, the technical performanc­e is vital. It’s also very important the kit is sustainabl­e and I like the fact it looks and feels a bit different,” added the Scot.

Merino wool is becoming an increasing­ly popular material for athletes in endurance sports. Those who wear it claim it has an unmatched “self-cleaning” ability to absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture.

Merino wool comes from the Merino breed of sheep.

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A merino lamb

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