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Andy Murray: Players wearing microphones is a good idea

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Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has backed the idea for tennis players to wear mini-microphones attached to their shirts during matches.

The Briton is known for ranting to himself during matches and came out with some expletives during his French Open second round win over Marinko Matosevic on Thursday, where he claimed a comfortable 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory.

When asked about the possibility of microphones being used on court, the 27-year-old supported the idea, and that it could show that there are far worse offenders than him that lose their cool during matches.

"I think with a lot of the players it would be very interesting," he said.

"I think the players that speak in English everybody picks up on that. But some of the stuff that guys say in other languages is a lot worse than the couple of words that I tend to use on the court.

"There are a few phrases that some of the guys use, and they're not pretty."

Murray was also asked about which specific phrases are often expressed on court, to which he replied: "Some of the ones in Spanish aren't great. Some of the Italian phrases, as well, are not so good. Some of the Serbian phrases also aren't great, either.

"I'm not the only one that talks to myself. I think what I say is fairly mild compared to the guys that speak the other languages that people don't pick up on."

There were more questions for the two-time Grand Slam champion about who is likely to replace Ivan Lendl as his coach, who he parted company with in March.

Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo has recently been linked with the role, as she was spotted sitting near Murray’s camp during his first round victory at Roland Garros over Kazakhstani opponent Andrey Golubev.

Murray had no new announcements to make on the situation, and said he is having to put up with a number of names that have been rumoured by the press in the two months since he and Lendl parted company.

To be honest, ever since I stopped working with Ivan, there has been a lot of different names that people have mentioned," he said.

"Obviously Amelie this week. There was (Mats) Wilander. There has been (Jonas) Bjorkman, John McEnroe, (Martina) Navratilova, Leon Smith, who is the Davis Cup captain, Bob Brett. There has been a lot of people that people have talked about.

"You just have to kind of put up with it. When the time is right I will make an announcement. But nothing to say just yet."

It has been a tough 2014 so far for Murray, as he has failed to reach the final of a tournament, and he has continued to struggle after the split with Lendl.

The Czech-born coach helped guide Murray to both his Grand Slam victories as well as an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, and it was believed that his own experience of winning seven Grand Slam titles was a key to coaching Murray to success.

But the Scot looked to be returning to form since reaching the quarter-finals at the Rome Masters earlier in May, where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal in a tight three set match, and aside from losing the third set to Golubev, he has been showing good signs of form in Paris so far.

He will next face German 28th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the last sixteen, who he has only played once on the tour previously, in a match which he lost in two sets at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2010.

The match is scheduled fourth on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and is likely to take place in the late afternoon/early evening.


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