5 Sentences We Didn’t Expect to Read About Andy Murray

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Mental_floss co-founder Mangesh Hattikudur is at the US Open today. Between matches, he'll be serving up some tennis history and random knowledge.

I'm sure plenty of players on the tour have been studying Andy Murray to understand his game. Fresh off a victory at Wimbledon, the defending US Open champ certainly has a target on his back. But if you really want to understand Andy Murray, you should probably read this massive (and delightful!) list from The Evening Standard. These are some unusual sentences, straight from the London paper.

1. “He is the Jay-Z of the men’s locker room.”

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From the rap lyrics he performed on this song, his 99 Problems largely revolve around the difficulties of signing autographs. “During Wimbledon it gets really crazy. My hand cramps up and my mind gets hazy. I sign and I sign but the line doesn’t end. Wake me up tomorrow, let’s do it again.”

2. “Though the only book Murray has completed was a wrestler’s autobiography, he is familiar with William Shakespeare.”

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Murray said one of the Harry Potter titles turned him off books when he was 14 or 15. He got through 200 pages of the 600+ page book before deciding that books weren’t his style, and he hasn’t read a book since.

3.“Murray’s physiotherapist believes in aliens.”

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This sentence was provided without any additional context.

4. “Though he loves boxing, he’s never punched anyone in the face.”

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5. “As a young boy, Murray and his family would listen to cassettes of Billy Connolly’s stand-up routines as they drove to tournaments.”

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It taught him how to curse!