- Murray’s tactical notes were shown on TV during China Open final
- TV camera zoomed in on a sheet of A4 paper during change of ends
- World No 2 has made his displeasure clear over the exposure of his notes
Andy Murray’s management team have complained to the ATP tour after his tactical notes were shown on television during Sunday’s China Open final in Beijing.
World No 2 Murray was unhappy when discovering afterwards that cameras had zoomed in on an A4 sheet of paper which he was reading at a change of ends during his victory over Grigor Dimitrov.
The notes contained technical instructions like ‘don’t let him dictate on his forehand’ and more basic pointers such as ‘stay calm and breathe’.
Murray has made his displeasure clear over the exposure of his notes on the tournament’s world feed, while his mother Judy blasted it as ‘disrespectful’ and an ‘invasion of privacy’ on Twitter.
Murray said: ‘I don’t like when they go into my bag to look at it because they’ re personal notes. 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.’
This is the second time that Murray’s notes have been leaked. In Rotterdam last year, a Dutch journalist obtained a sheet with similar instructions – one read ‘try your best’ – and posted a photo of it online, much to the annoyance of the Murray camp.
Murray arrived at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on the bullet train from Beijing on Monday and wasted no time in taking to the court for a practice session ahead of his second-round match against American Steve Johnson.
Kyle Edmund celebrated his newfound status as a top-50 player with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, setting up a second round clash with US Open champion Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday.
World No 48 Edmund said: ‘It is nice to get those milestones. It’s also nice to have evidence on paper that your game is improving, to show you are going up the rankings. Recently I’ve been playing pretty well.’