In part of a promotional event for the tournament, Murray scaled the 828 metres to the Burg’s observation deck where a makeshift mini football pitch awaited his arrival.
“I grew up playing football,” Murray said. “I played till I was about 15, until I decided I was going to play tennis full time.
“I still play a lot of five-a-side football as much as I can with my friends back home, but just got to be careful with injuries and stuff. I still love playing. It’s a completely different sport to tennis; I used to love being surrounded by all my friends and sharing wins or goals.”
While Murray’s playing an ATP event in Dubai, his sights are still set on a first Grand Slam title.
“I think I’m very, very close, just got to keep working hard and it will come,” he said. “There’s not one huge thing I need to change in my game. I’ve been playing good tennis in all of the Grand Slams, I’ve been very close a few times and I’ll get there soon.”
Seeded third, Murray opens with a qualifier in the Dubai’s first round. He could meet Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, top seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
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