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Murray excited by change of scenery in Acapulco

ESPN staff
February 25, 2014
Andy Murray had played in Dubai in previous years © Getty Images

Andy Murray says he is excited about making his debut at the Mexican Open in Acapulco after deciding not to participate in Dubai.

The reigning Wimbledon champion has been a regular fixture at the Dubai Tennis Championships, but has opted to take part in Acapulco in 2014, an event which has switched from clay to hard courts after 20 years.

"I was looking forward to coming to the city and a country that I've never been to before," Murray told atpworldtour.com at the players' party.

"Often with tennis players we do a lot of travelling, so you don't get to go to new places too often because we play a lot of the same tournaments."

Murray is set to face Pablo Andujar in his first match at the event. The British No.1 since undergoing back surgery last September has played at the Australian Open, Doha and Rotterdam, as well as participating at an exhibition event in Dubai last December and helping Great Britain reach the Davis Cup quarter-finals last month.

"I was looking forward to coming. It's a pretty amazing place. Some of the views and scenery is incredible," he said.

Murray arrived at the players' party in a white shirt, and embarrassingly admitted that he may have looked somewhat out of place, saying: "I heard that everyone was wearing white last year. I don't know if that's the case this year, but I put on a white shirt anyway. A few of the players told me it was good fun."

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