Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring
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Andy Murray has asked world No 4 Iga Swiatek to join him for a practice session in Indian Wells. The 2020 Roland Garros champion named the Brit as her dream hitting partner, spurring Murray on to offer her the chance to hit together on Saturday (October 9).
Swiatek told Tennis Channel that it was her dream to hit with the three-time Grand Slam champion.
The Pole, a Grand Slam champion herself after winning the postponed autumn French Open, has already hit with one of her idols, Rafa Nadal.
The 2020 Roland Garros champions practiced together during the 2021 edition of the tournament earlier this year.
“It’s really nice to see such a champion being normal off court, and also telling jokes and being a little bit sarcastic. It’s really, really nice,” Swiatek said of Nadal at the time, after branding their practice session the “best early birthday gift”.
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It seems the second seed in Indian Wells is now setting her sights on another multiple Grand Slam title-winner on the men’s tour, as she has now admitted that Murray is next on her bucket list.
“That’s a tough one. I would love to play with Andy Murray,” the 20-year-old told Tennis Channel when asked who her dream hitting partner is.
Swiatek looks set to go two for two on nabbing a practice session with her ideal partners, as the Brit has now extended an offer to hit with her ahead of his second-round clash against Carlos Alcaraz.
Murray has a day off in Indian Wells after producing a comprehensive performance to beat world No 51 Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-2 in Friday’s night session.
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The former world No 1 now has a day to rest and reover before facing teenage sensation Alcaraz in the second round, and has asked Swiatek to join him for a hit on his day off in the desert.
After seeing the world No 4’s response to the dream hitting partner question on Twitter, Murray was quick to respond.
“I don’t have her number unfortunately but I’m hitting at 3pm tomorrow if she wants to join? @iga_swiatek lets do it,” he tweeted, adding a hugging emoji.
The 20-year-old is yet to respond but it won’t come as a surprise if she later takes to social media to share a snap with the current world No 121 after crossing another member of the Big Four off her bucket list for practice partners.
Murray has already been the talk of the town in Indian Wells after his tennis shoes and wedding ring went missing ahead of his opening match.
The former world No 1 took to Instagram to share an appeal with his followers, after explaining he left two pairs of his tennis shoes underneath his car to dry overnight and returned the next day to find them gone, along with his wedding ring which he keeps tied to the shoelaces while playing.
He then issued a successful update, posting another video saying: “I had to make a few calls today to and chat to the security at the hotel and a little update for everyone, would you believe it, they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back, and I’m back in the good books.”
Murray was still doubtful of exactly where his shoes had ended up, and speaking after his first-round win explained: “I was told that someone from the hotel obviously picked it up.
“And then they just didn’t see it in the lost property when I’d asked for it. That’s what they told me. But I don’t know.
“I’ve not looked at the security footage with my own eyes to see exactly what happened with it. But yeah, that was what I was told.
“But obviously I’d asked like four times the lost and found and the security and they didn’t have it. So thankfully, that turned up at the end.”
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