Andy Murray makes his tournament debut as a father this weekend at Indian Wells. After taking a month off to welcome new baby girl Sophia, Murray made a successful return last week in leading Great Britain to the quarterfinals.
The Scot’s baby, though, was the hot topic when he met the media.
“She’s coming to Miami so that will be the first trip my daughter does outside of the UK,” Murray said. “Hopefully that goes well. Maybe if that goes really well we’ll be a bit more pumped to travel in the future. We’ll just have to see how it goes in a couple of weeks.
“I’ve been sleeping decent, which is important, and I’ll try to get some practice in the next few days to get better used to the conditions,” Murray added. “I haven’t hit a ball outdoors for about five or six weeks so it’s quite different.”
Murray joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka as fathers in the Top 4. And he consulted his rivals.
“I spoke to Roger a little bit in Cincinnati about it, I spoke to Novak a little bit about it … Everyone’s a bit different,” Murray said. “Kim’s not massively into travelling every week whereas some of the partners on tour like travelling and that works for them. It’s just about trying to find what works for you.”
Murray also addressed the topic of the week, the Maria Sharapova doping revelation.
“Clearly if you are taking performance-enhancing drugs and you fail a drugs test, you have to get suspended,” said Murray told the BBC.
Murray, who hasn’t made the finals at Indian Wells since 2009, opens singles play Saturday against Marcel Granollers. He will be in action today in doubles with Colin Fleming against John Isner-Milos Raonic.
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