Exclusive: EDGAR chats with tennis ace Andy Murray
The British player talks about his game, his love for Dubai and his penchant for a three-piece suit.Neil Churchill February 24, 2015
After Simona Halep won the Dubai Women's Open at the weekend - and in turn was named our Woman of the Week - Dubai's tennis faithful now turns its attention to the men's tournament.
With a stellar lineup including Rodger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, the 2015 tournament could be one of the best yet. Ahead of Murray's opening match today against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, we caught up with the British player to ask him about his game, his love for Dubai and his penchant for a three-piece suit.
This is your fifth participation in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships? What is it you like about the tournament?
I love Dubai. For the last two years I have spent some of my pre-season before Australia training here, the weather is always great and it’s a very relaxed way of life. The courts at the Aviation Club are also very good, and the accommodation for the tournament is just a five-minute walk down the road. I have heard great things from a lot of the players and I’m really looking forward to being part of it this year.
How happy are you with your fitness and your game currently?
I’m very happy with everything at the moment, I had a great run in Australia, I’ve actually only lost one singles match this year and that was the final. It took me a long time to recover from back surgery but I feel like I am finally back to playing some of my best tennis which is a great feeling.
There is a new crop of talent on the tour, has it become harder to breeze through the early rounds of tournaments?
Definitely, although you rarely breeze through any tournament. I think it’s good for the sport and the fans that the top players are being challenged more and a new generation are coming through. Fans love nothing more than to see an upset, and they’ve been happening more frequently over the last few seasons. More people are watching earlier rounds of tournaments now than ever before and it’s great to see.
You started working with former women’s number one Amelie Mauresmo last year. What has she brought to your game and what are you working on?
That’s always a tough question because the things you work on with your coach are often very private. What I will say is that we get on very well, she has brought knowledge to my game and it’s been a lot of fun working with her over the last seven months. It was great to spend a solid three weeks with her working on things in the off-season which we hadn’t been able to do up to that point because of how many tournaments I played.
You’ve been to Dubai before, what is it you like about the emirate?
The food out here is great. Some of the buildings are also pretty cool, you don’t see anything like them anywhere else in the world. Last time I played the Duty Free Championships I played football at the top of the Burj Khalifa which was great fun. Although we had to make sure we had good ball control as it’s a long way down if you lose it! What do you like to do away from tennis?
I spend a lot of time on the road, which means I don’t get to spend much time with my dogs and my fiancée Kim, so if I ever have any spare time I like to spend it with them at our home.
Do you prefer to dress down in tennis gear or look smart in a three-piece suit?
I have recently changed kit suppliers to Under Armour and their stuff is incredibly comfortable, I could quite easily wear it all day long. However I’m never one to shy away from an opportunity to put on a suit – it’s always good to dress up now and again.
Quickfire questions... What is your:
Watch? RADO Hyperchrome
Car? Golf GTI
Favourite restaurant? Nobu
Favourite city? London
Favourite tournament? Wimbledon
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