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Andy Murray Off Court and On

British Number One and boxing Fan Andy Murray has some decisions to make by next Summer and they might be swayed by Roger Federer and boxer Amir Khan's experience.

Both Federer and Khan found their previous form in their respective sports had begun to slide, but they have improved vastly since seeking specialist help. Federer has ignited his career by taking on a coach after years of going it alone on the World Circuit and Khan has made a rapid improvement since relocating to Los Angeles to work with Master Trainer Freddie Roach.

Murray has a history of falling out with his coaches, none of them last long and he sacked his latest coach Miles MacLagan in July 2010. Since then the two-time French semi-finalist Alex Corretja has stepped up from being a part-time member of Team Murray to travel with him for the rest of the 2010 season.

It was a disagreement over Corretja's increasing input into Murray's training that led to MacLagan's sacking, but Murray refuses to be pushed into making Corretja's position permanent saying he wants to take his time to ensure he has appointed the right coach.

He was in Miami which is his base for pre-season training after a mixed 2010. He started the year representing Great Britain in the Harry Hopman Cup with Laura Robson and they reached the Final, but were beaten by Spain.

He has yet to win a Grand Slam tournament, but he reached the Final of the Australian Open, the first British man to do so for 72 years. But he lost to a very-much on-form Federer in straight sets.

At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Championships he crashed out in the opening round and said afterwards his mind had not been fully on tennis. It was at a time when he had split from his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears. He asked her to move out of his Surrey Home in November 2009 to give him some space.

The daughter of Daniela Hantuchova former coach Nigel Sears she returned to her parents home in Barcombe, East Sussex and concentrated on passing her final exams at Sussex University in April 2010.

They met at the US Open in 2005 and he wooed her with telephone calls and flowers, but it took her some time to decide if she wanted to go out with the hot-tempered Scot with the wild curly hair.

They got back together again in the Spring of 2010 and she moved back into his 5 million gated home in May 2010. He says she is a calming influence on him and they enjoy shopping at their local Tesco, playing scrabble and backgammon.

Once they were back together Murray's game improved and at the Canadian Masters he was the first player since Andre Agassi to defend his title and the fifth player to beat both Nadal and Federer in straight sets. It was also the first time he had beat Federer in a Final to take the Title.

He beat Federer again in the Shanghai Rolex Masters Final and he did not drop a set during the entire tournament. It was his second Win of 2010 and his 6th ATP Tour Masters 1000 Title.

Murray was a pupil at Dunblane Primary School in 1996 in his hometown in Scotland when Thomas Hamilton killed 17 people, mostly children who were in the younger age group than him, before Hamilton turned the gun on himself.

He has always been reluctant to talk about the incident, saying he was too young to understand what was happening. But he has said in his autobiography that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton and his mother Judy used to give him lifts in her car.

Murray started his career wearing Fred Perry clothing but is now sponsored by Adidas. He likes the green tops and black shorts with a green stripe, but has now switched to blue and white. His shoes are the Adidas Barricade 6 and his favourite are the blue/white combination.

Off court he likes to be casual, jeans, polo shirts and sweaters. He did pose for a photo shoot by photographer Mario Testino for US Vogue September edition and the main picture was of him wearing a weighted vest he uses for training and low-slung jeans.

He was asked to don his tuxedo for a formal shot, but he told Vogue journalist Vicki Woods he did not own one, saying he was more of a shorts and T-shirt man.

They leant him one designed by Christopher Bailey and he was photographed surrounded by tennis bags in the tuxedo, black tie and white tennis shoes.

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