Murray behaviour under scrutiny after outbursts
Andy Murray's behaviour has come under scrutiny after reports emerged the Wimbledon champion swore during his straight sets quarter-final defeat to Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday.
Murray dropped to No.10 in the world for the first time in six years after he was comfortably beaten by the Bulgarian, who afterwards said he had "sensed" something was wrong with the Scot during the warm-up.
The Guardian reports photographers on Centre Court told the newspaper Murray had shouted "Shut the f*** up" towards his box, where new coach Amelie Mauresmo sat alongside his girlfriend Kim Sears and mother Judy, during the second set.
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It also reports Murray uttered "Five minutes before the f****** game" when stood underneath the Royal Box, where both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were sat, towards the end of the match.
The Telegraph points out that Murray left the All England club grounds straight after his post-match interview still in his kit while girlfriend Sears was reported to have left alone, and was said to look visibly upset as she left the players' box on Centre Court after Murray's defeat.
Dimitrov and Murray are good friends off court and the 11th seed said after his win: "As soon as we started to warm up, I sensed that his game was not at the highest level.
"It's just a feeling. I've practised quite a few times with him. I know how he's striking the ball when he's at his best. I know how he's playing when he's not at his best."
Murray disagreed with Dimitrov, and said: "I'm not going to go into details of what my game plan and tactics are for any of the matches that I play."
Matt Gentry, Murray's spokesman, later said the Briton swearing on court was not a rare occurrence, but chose not to expand on his player's apparent frustration. "He was off his game," Gentry said.
Murray has not won a tournament since he became the first Briton in 77 years to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon last year. However, despite the loss, Murray indicated he had enjoyed the little time spent working with Mauresmo.
"We'll sit down and chat about that maybe tomorrow or in a few days. I've really enjoyed the last couple of weeks. I've found it good fun," Murray said.