Murray savours Miami setting

Andy Murray explains why Miami base helps his tennis By David McDaid BBC Scotland in Florida   When he’s not travelling the world pitting himself against the best players in the top tournaments, Andy Murray likes to indulge in some dolphin spotting. He doesn’t have to go very far: just a few steps to the balcony of his penthouse apartment in a block which also includes neighbours like fellow tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro and Formula 1 driver Pablo Montoya. Situated on the water’s edge in the Brickell area, with views across Miami and out to the Atlantic, a good pair of binoculars is all Murray needs to catch a glimpse of the bottlenose dolphins or manatees, which swim into the Biscayne Bay. “It’s a great place to train and prepare because the conditions are some of the toughest on the Tour” Andy Murray It’s a far cry from Dunblane, but more than five years have passed since the Scot established a home from home in South Florida. “I spend more time here than I did a few years ago, probably about three-and-a-half months of the year,” Murray told BBC Scotland. “Miami’s a very laid-back city. You can do whatever you want here. “They have nice beaches, on South Beach there are lots of shops, a good party life, and there are very good restaurants all over the city.” But it wasn’t the shopping, or the nightlife or even the wildlife which attracted him to the ‘Magic City’. “There are good players to practise and train with, and they have great facilities here,” Murray continues. “It’s a great place to train and prepare because the conditions are some of the toughest on the Tour as it’s extremely hot and humid. “So when you go and play in Europe afterwards it doesn’t feel as bad.” Those training facilities are at Crandon Park where the Miami Masters is being staged, just 15 minutes over a bridge from Casa Murray. Right now that’s a busy place, because the guest list includes his brother Jamie and dad Willie, not to mention Kim his girlfriend and for the first time his two dogs; Rusty and Maggie May. Mum Judy has already vacated one guest room as she’s off up the Florida coast to continue the ground work for the important GB Fed Cup tie in Argentina next month. That means she may miss seeing her number two son becoming world number two, which would happen if he claims the trophy here for a second time.
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