Murray: 'I'm still camera shy'

Murray ended 2016 as world number one after victories at Wimbledon and the Olympics and was knighted as part of Great Britain's New Year Honours.

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A five-time losing finalist at the Australian Open, Murray hopes to finally claim a first title when he returns to Melbourne this month.

Andy Murray concedes he still struggles with the media element of being the world's top tennis player.

Murray ended 2016 as world number one after victories at Wimbledon and the Olympics and was knighted as part of Great Britain's New Year Honours.

But the attention that comes with the accolades does not sit altogether comfortably with Murray.

"I am still pretty shy in front of the cameras and don't know how to handle this side of what I do," he said. 

"I love training and playing the matches and working hard. Everything that comes with it doesn't come naturally to me and it has been a challenge throughout my career in terms of how to handle the media and the press and the other things that come with being a tennis player.

"Over the last few years I have started to feel a bit more comfortable. In terms of how my role has changed within society, I feel like when I step on the court I try my best to win and represent my country as best I can and I have done a good job of that over the last couple of years with Davis Cup and Olympics and hopefully I can keep doing that."

A five-time losing finalist at the Australian Open, Murray hopes to finally claim a first title when he returns to Melbourne this month.

"Every year I have gone there I have played well and I love the conditions there which suit my game pretty well," he added. "I have just not managed to get over that final match.

"Hopefully this will be the year, 2016 finished very well and hopefully I can bring that form into the beginning of 2017 and have a good run in Melbourne," said Murray.