Murray aims to cut out expletives


Published: Tuesday 2nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray wants to cut out his bad language and be a better role model for Britain’s rising stars as the Scot continues his bid to win a first French Open title.

Murray will face Spain’s David Ferrer on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals in Paris after taking four sets to beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the fourth round.

While Murray’s passage to the last eight has been smooth on the court, he has received criticism off it for his occasional expletive-ridden rants during matches, which have been picked up by television viewers at home.

After Murray’s second round win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Saturday, one tennis coach tweeted: “I wonder if @andy_murray would like to apologise to my clubhouse full of young kids for his foul mouth. Well done mate had to turn it off.”

Murray tweeted back an apology and added: “I try 2 be a good role model but this is one of my many failings. I’m far from perfect but I do try hard to improve my behaviour.”

The world number three was praised for his mentoring last week after he stayed late at Roland Garros to cheer British 20-year-old Kyle Edmund on to his first ever grand slam victory.

When it comes to his colourful language, however, the 28-year-old admits he has work to do.

“It’s something I have always tried to improve upon,” Murray said.

“I feel like I’m much better now than I was before but it’s just an unfortunate thing now and I think with tennis it gets picked up on a lot.

“Often when we go for our towels, the microphone is right there and you forget where you are sometimes.

“Whereas in some of the other sports, like football, for example, I don’t think the language they use is that pleasant, but obviously the camera and microphone is not on them all of the time, so you don’t hear it as much.

“It’s just unfortunate. I would rather I didn’t do it but, unfortunately, it’s one of the mistakes I make as a human being and I try to be better.”

Murray’s results are the most influential factor in enthusing the next generation and the Scot’s victory over Chardy means he has now reached 17 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals.

Ferrer, however, represents a more serious challenge.

The world number eight is fresh from a straight-sets demolition of Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the last 16 and he has beaten Murray in all of their four previous meetings on clay.

“It’s going to be a tough match because he’s one of the best players in the world,” Murray said.

“On this surface he’s for sure of one of the top four or five players in the world.

“Obviously the higher ranked players you play, the less opportunities they give you, the less mistakes they give you, especially in important moments.

“Someone who is more inexperienced may rush at certain moments or make bad decisions, that’s not something that David does.

“I’m going to have to work extremely hard in that match and be very patient and try to dictate the play as much as I can.”

The pair’s last match-up on clay came at the same stage of the French Open three years ago, when Ferrer edged through 6-4 6-7(3/7) 6-3 6-2.

Murray, however, is a different proposition these days and has won four out of their last five meetings on all surfaces.

“I’m sure both of us will have changed and probably improved since that time,” Murray said.

“I feel like I have a better understanding of how I need to play on this surface than I did back then probably.”

Ferrer said: “He’s much more aggressive. When he uses the different shots he has to play, he’s one of the best players in the top three.

“In addition to his talent he’s more aware of what’s happening, not just on quick surfaces but also on clay. He’s much more composed and calm now.”

Published: Tuesday 2nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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