Andy Murray defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the China Open final on Sunday to secure his fifth singles title of the year and the 40th of his career.
Despite being pleased with the win and his performance, describing this year’s success on the court as the “most consistent” of his career, the Scotsman is furious after a television camera broadcasting the match zoomed in on Murray’s tactics during a change of ends.
The A4 piece of paper, from which Murray was reading from inside his bag, contained technical notes regarding his opponent, including instructions telling Murray not to allow his opponent to dictate points with his forehand, and to attack the Bulgarian’s second serve.
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The Wimbledon 2016 winner spoke of the incident, saying: “I don’t like it when they go into my bag to look at it because they’re personal notes. I try to keep them covered because I want to keep them for me.
"It’s not for everyone else to see, otherwise I’d stick them up on the umpire’s chair so everyone else could see it."
Andy’s mother Judy Murray also weighed in over the incident via social media, describing it as “disrespectful” and an “invasion of privacy.”
Murray’s team have filed a complaint with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) regarding the incident.
There is also a fear that Dimitrov could also use the filmed tactic sheet as a reference to gain an advantage over Murray should they meet again.
Murray is currently ranked number two in the world, only behind Serbian Novak Djokovic. The two are scheduled to face this weekend in the Shanghai Masters.
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