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Andy Murray: Women should play best of five sets

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Andy Murray held the session on a break from training in Miami (©GettyImages)
Andy Murray held the session on a break from training in Miami (©GettyImages).

World number 10 Andy Murray held a question and answer session on his Facebook page on Friday afternoon, where he agreed with the idea that women should play best of five set matches in Grand Slams, as well as answering more light-hearted questions.

The British number one regularly gives his supporters the chance to interact with him on the social networking website, and he fielded the questions while on a break from his training programme in Miami.

A majority of the questions that the former Wimbledon champion answered were on subjects outside of tennis, as Murray revealed his current weight of 182 pounds and that he would prefer deep sea diving to bungee jumping among other things.

Opinion

On a more serious note, when asked whether women should play five sets in Grand Slams, the 27-year-old answered: “second week i think it should happen for sure”.

Another fan asked whether the Dunblane-born player ever breaks from his strict diet while training to drink in beer gardens or eat curry, to which he replied: “i have been known to pop into the beer garden from time to time”.

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The former world number two had no time for questions with obvious answers, which included answering “no” to being questioned on whether he would like to win another Grand Slam, as well as stating that “tennis racquets” are the most important item in his kit bag.

Training

Murray is currently training in Miami in preparation for his participation in the hard court season, and he is yet to play in a tournament since relinquishing his Wimbledon title earlier in July, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

His first taste of action since that defeat will come at the Toronto Masters, which begins on Monday August 2nd, before playing in another ATP Masters 1000 series event in Cincinnati the following week, as he looks to build some form ahead of the US Open at the end of August.

There is still a chance that Murray could be seeded in the top eight for the final Grand Slam of the year in New York, though he is yet to win a singles title since becoming the first British male to win the men’s singles title in 77 years in 2013.

A loss in form since then has been coupled with back surgery which forced him to miss the end of the 2013 season, though he will have few ranking points to defend going into the latter stages of the year.

The break between Wimbledon and the US Open has allowed Murray more time to work with his new coach Amelie Mauresmo, who he appointed in June after parting company with his previous coach Ivan Lendl in March.

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