Tennis: Andy Murray makes complaint after notes broadcast

Andy Murray's cheat sheet. Photo / Twitter
Andy Murray's cheat sheet. Photo / Twitter

Andy Murray has made an official complaint to the ATP Tour after his private match notes for the final of the China Open were broadcast on television.

Murray outgunned Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6 in the final on Sunday to claim his 40th career title, but he isn't smiling about it.

He has lashed out at tennis broadcasters for invading his privacy to screen the tactics he had handwritten for the Dimitrov encounter.

It is not the first time Murray has blown up over his match noted being filmed by TV cameras and says he now makes a habit of hiding them away when he is not reading over them during a change of ends.

Even this careful approach didn't stop a Chinese broadcast partner of the ATP Tour screening his notes while he read over them against Dimitrov.

The broadcast revealed several key focus areas for his game plan that may be of use to his rivals, trying to look for a way to breakdown the world No.

2's game.

The game notes included statements: "Attack his 2nd serve".

"Don't let him dictate on his forehand.

"When he slices look to get on your forehand, make sure there is something on that ball.

"Open up his forehand.

"Stay calm and breath."

Murray did not speak out about the invasion of what he feels is a private space immediately after his win in Beijing, but addressed the subject after arriving at the Shanghai Masters event.

"I don't like it when they go into my bag to look at it because they're personal notes," Murray said.

"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."

Murray's mother Judy also hit out at the invasion on social media.

Murray is keen to move on from the episode, however, after his win in Beijing increased his chances of wrestling the world No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic and finishing the 2016 season as the world's best player.

"I feel motivated," Murray told

"I've got something to play for towards the end of the season and that's important because that hasn't always been the case at this stage.

"I want to try and finish the year strong and give myself some momentum going to next year, as well. It's been a great few months for me."

Murray is 1555 points behind Djokovic and could reduce that substantially with a victory in Shanghai.

"I have a chance," he said.

"I don't know how big or small a chance that is. I'm still quite a long way behind Novak in the rankings and in the points. Novak's obviously going to win quite a lot of matches between now and the end of the year, too.

"I'll just keep trying to do what I have been doing. The past few months have been the best of my career and I'll give it my best effort to get as close as I can.

"Whether I do it or not, that's not the most important thing. I just need to try my best to do it. If I do that, I'll be happy at the end of the year."


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