Andy Murray used to moon-ball us to death, says Fleming

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Andy Murray used to moon-ball us to death, says Fleming

In an interview with Scotsman, Colin Fleming recalled how Andy Murray's game was in his childhood. Fleming said: “Andy was six or seven and his brother Jamie was seven or eight and we were probably all at the same level.

Actually no: these two were already phenomenal. Andy used to moon-ball us to death. He’d loop these shots high in the air and they’d be impossible for small boys to return. Even at that age, he had this amazing tactical nous which enabled him to make life on the court difficult if not downright impossible for his opponents.

Essentially that’s still what his tennis is about now”. Fleming added, "Events like these are massively enjoyable. You turn up and play relaxed, which is the state of mind you craved but never fully achieved as a professional.

All that stress and pressure, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the pro game: the butterflies before a big match, the exhilaration of battling through tough moments and being successful – you can’t ever replace that and I think all sportsmen would say the same.

The Brodies have been brilliant, though. I’ve had the chance to play guys like Mark Philippoussis and Greg Rusedski, which was a level at singles I was never quite able to reach”. Murray will partner Feliciano Lopez in doubles in the Fever-Tree Championships in Queen's Club in the grass season.