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Andy Murray Follows Up Sony Ericsson Victory With Cover Story in the May 2009 Issue of Tennis Magazine

*New York, NY, April 13, 2009 - *Fresh on the heels of his win at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Andy Murray, tells TENNIS Magazine in its May 2009 issue, “I think I’d beat Rafael Nadal in a boxing match.”

In the cover story “The New Force in Tennis” by Tom Perrotta, the 21-year-old Scot is as uncensored as ever.

On why he would beat Nadal in the ring: “I’ve watched a lot and trained once or twice with Amir Khan, he was the Silver Medalist (for Great Britain) in the Olympics.”

On comparing boxing and tennis: “there are some guys in boxing who might not be the most talented but have a knockout punch and it’s the same with tennis. Someone like (Ivo) Karlovic has that huge serve but the rest of his game is not so good.”

On writing his autobiography at age 18 — “That was one of the mistakes I obviously made. I was very young when I was approached and they made a good offer and I took it”

On the difference between former coach Brad Gilbert and his new coach Miles Maclagan. “Miles is very mellow, very relaxed and Brad is much more excitable … and he’s (Gilbert) very similar every day. It’s not like he has his good days and bad days.”

“We made the decision to put Andy on the cover several months ago because we thought he would get off to a fast start this year,” said James Martin, Editor of TENNIS. “With a victory at Sony Ericsson and the best match record on tour, he is surely living up to those expectations.”

Other highlights of the May 2009 issue of TENNIS Magazine include:

5 Things you didn’t know about John Isner including: “he feels as though he was a P.O.W. as a kid because his older brother used to tie him to the bedpost and then leave the key just out of his reach so he would have to stretch to get it.” — Maybe that’s how he grew to be 6’9.

Baseline: An item about the toughening of the anti-doping testing that now requires players to provide their whereabouts for 1-hour a day, 365 days a year. Players believe the new policy is too strict.

The Greatest Generation: Fans may take the current crop of players for granted, but TENNIS Magazine poses the question - “which was the greatest tennis generation ever - 1974 (led by Borg and Connors), 1985 (including Lendl and McEnroe), 1992 (with Agassi and Sampras), 2008 (headlined by Federer and Nadal).” After checking out the numbers, fans can vote online at Tennis.com — http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=169236.

Tennis Love on YouTube - TENNIS Magazine editors spent hours surfing the web to uncover the ten best tennis videos. Three of the best include: ’91 U.S. Open Seles-v-Capriati; John McEnroe’s top tantrums; ’96 Hannover, Germany Sampras-v-Becker. The complete list is in the magazine.

Shoe Guide: TENNIS Magazine editors take a look at the best new footwear for 2009. Dr. David G. Sharnoff, D.P.M. lets readers know the best shoe for their feet.

NTRP Turns 30 - For 30 years, recreational tennis has relied upon the NTRP system. But is it the best way to rate tennis players or is it ripe for cheaters, ringers and sandbaggers?

 

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