Among The Perks Andy Murray Received After Winning Gold And The US Open: Upgrades On Flights!
by Tom Gainey | January 2nd, 2013, 10:03 am

As a pro tennis player Andy Murray knows too well of the trials and tribulations of world air travel. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise Murray revealed that among the many benefits he got after his big summer wins was complimentary upgrades on flights! Who doesn’t want to fly in comfort?

“The few weeks afterwards around the Olympics time and the US Open, yeah, I got a few upgrades on flights and things like that, which is nice, but that’s died down a little bit over the last few months,” Murray joked yesterday from Brisbane.

Murray begins the new season for the first time as a Grand Slam champion.

“Yeah, it’s a little bit different,” he admitted. “I prepared exactly the same. I probably just feel a little bit more relaxed maybe the last few weeks than I normally do a few weeks out from a slam. But, you know, I’m sure once I get on the court everything stays the same. I prepared very well in Miami and trained hard to get myself ready for the new season.

“I worked on a lot of things over the four weeks when I was there. I did a lot of physical stuff the first few weeks, and then last couple of weeks just did some technical changes the first sort of week, worked on a few things, and then started playing a lot of points.”

The Scot also weighed in on Rafael Nadal’s recent news.

“It’s been a shame for Rafa to miss such a long period,” he said. “I think by the time he starts playing tournaments again it’ll be like eight, nine months, so it will definitely take him a few months once he starts playing again to get back into a good rhythm and start playing his best tennis again.”

Murray, who lost last week at the Abu Dhabi exo to Janko Tipsarevic, officially makes his 2013 debut tonight in Brisbane against Australian qualifier John Millman.

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10 Comments for Among The Perks Andy Murray Received After Winning Gold And The US Open: Upgrades On Flights!

jane Says:

I’ve not heard of this qualifier before, but I am sure Andy will cruise. Good to hear he’s getting some perks! :)

skeezer Says:

Well deserved after winning a Gold for his country!

the DA Says:

How do you make 30 Brisbane Tennis ballkids happy all at once? :)

jane Says:

^ Sweet. I saw a picture of him with kids on the court too.

Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to the Great Davy. This is January and I knew you would beat the Nose Smasher. Good job.

I look forward to you choking for the rest of the year.

the DA Says:

Hmm….Dimitrov knocks out Raonic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Grigor even out-aces Milos. interesting start to 2013 amongst the ‘new generation’.

Brando Says:

@ the DA: very true. NO ONE gives them a chance or expects them to rise through the ranks this year. MAYBE the only way is up for them in that case right?

jane Says:

Cilic is 24, Nishikori is 23, Raonic is 22, Dimitrov is 21, Tomic is 20.

BT Says:

Tomic beats Seppi 6-3 7-5 for a 3-0 record at the Hopman Cup! Not bad taking Down Haas (#21), Djokovic (#1) and Seppi (#23). I really hope this will translate well into the AO for him. He’s a bit immature but maybe 2013 is the year of the new attitude and consistent play.

jamie Says:

Andy for Wimbledon 2013.

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