Andy Murray turns attentions to Basketball ahead of US Open

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Oh how stressful it must be as a top tennis star. All that pressure, practice and expectation. Luckily for Andy Murray, he's managed to indulge in some down-time ahead of the US Open.

The British no.1 has been spotted at New York's showcase stadium Madison Square Gardens taking in a Basketball just before he bids to win his third Grand Slam title and repeat his heroics from Flushing Meadows of 2012.

Murray wasn't the only high-profile sports star who watched the United States defeat Puerto Rico in an exhibition match. Cricket legend Shane Warne and golfing star Rory McIlroy were also in attendance (lets hope he doesn't bump into Caroline Wozniacki).

Busy schedule

You could probably forgive the 27-year-old for taking a break with his girlfriend Kim Sears, no doubt Amelie Mauresmo has been working him hard in the build-up to the Grand Slam.

Furthermore, recent news that his mum, Judy, is to star in the UK version of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC must be hard to take. 

Of course, Murray cannot expect to take too many more evenings off if he hopes to turn around an alarming slump of form over the past year.

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Unlike the successful American basketball team and fellow spectator McIlroy, the world No.9 has struggled for titles and is lacking any silverware since his famous Wimbledon win last summer.

The absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal leaves Murray with a better chance of a successful revival, but he's already found at the warm-ups in Toronto and Cincinnati that there will be plenty of worthy contenders.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer enjoyed final wins in both the aforementioned events and another similarity for the duo was their respective victories over the two-time major winner in the quarter-finals.


However, Murray has kept some perspective, despite those defeats, and is raring to go at Flushing Meadows: "I have been playing well the last few weeks," Murray said. "You know, I lost to guys who won the events, and had quite big opportunities in both those matches. I'm happy."

"I feel good," he continued. "I have had a great practice week, had good fun on the court, enjoyed it, and worked hard."


Another favourite to win is eight-time major winner Novak Djokovic, the world No.1 hasn't showed his best form recently and Murray will hope that he won't have found his best play before they could potentially meet at the quarter-final stage in New York. 

Murray has been drawn in the same quarter of the draw as the Serbian star, but there are plenty of obstacles to overcome before that time.

The 2012 champion will face Dutchman Robin Haase in round one and could also be due for a fourth round tie with Tsonga should both men win all their games in the early rounds.

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