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Andy Murray advocates for a Scottish Davis Cup venue


Murray wants Scots Davis Cup venue

Andy Murray hopes the next Davis Cup tie will be held in Scotland and pointed towards Stirling as a potential venue for the event.

Three quarters of the likely GB team for the tie against Luxembourg in July all trained on the courts at Stirling University when they were youngsters.

"It's a great venue with an excellent atmosphere which would sell out no problem," said Murray.

The Lawn Tennis Association is due to decide on a venue on Monday.

Murray feels that, in the past, Davis Cup venues have been chosen because they were convenient rather than the best locations.

It's a great venue with an excellent atmosphere which would sell out no problem

Andy Murray

The last time a Davis Cup tie was held in Scotland was when Ukraine beat Great Britain at Braehead two years ago, although Murray was unable to play due to injury.

"Too often it's just been the most convenient venue," said Murray. "But if they pick the right venue and get a full passionate crowd, I don't mind where it is.

"I think they should just make sure it's in a place where tennis is in a high demand, because it's going to be a tough match.

"We have to wait and see, but I'm sure they would sell the tickets out quickly, but we'll have to wait and see."

Murray plays his first Masters Series match of the tennis season on Saturday against the American qualifier Donald Young, a player he's never met in competition.

"He was the number one junior in the world, and he's a talented player," said Murray. "He's a leftie, so it's going to be a tricky match, but hopefully, I'll play well."

The British number one says he's in a much better place physically and mentally than this time last year when he went into a slump after his Australian Open defeat to Roger Federer.

Murray says he doesn't think the same thing will happen this year and that he's been working on several aspects of his game with his back-up team.

"You learn to deal with situations better," said Murray. "I struggled last year after Australia, but I don't know what's going to happen this time.

"However, I've been training better than I was this time last year, so hopefully my tennis will be better."

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