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Andy Murray blasted for 'emotions' after smashing up racquets on court: ‘It's a weakness'

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Andy Murray, 35, crashed out of Wimbledon's second round yesterday afternoon as he was on beaten by America's John Isner. The clash on Centre Court came after Murray fought back to beat James Duckworth in his opening match of this year's tournament on Monday. The two-time Wimbledon champion had only ever lost four sets to his fellow tennis veteran Isner. The American, who stands at 6ft 10in, is known for his huge serve but is most famous for holding the record for the longest-ever tennis match.

His Wimbledon victory over Nicolas Mahut in 2010 lasted for 11 hours and 5 minutes across three days.

But Murray, who has beaten his US opponent eight times previously, lost 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.

Ahead of this year's Wimbledon campaign, the Scot gave a wide-ranging interview to The Times.

Speaking about what he has learnt during his career, Murray discussed his anger on and off the court.

He said: "Showing too much emotion on the tennis court is seen as a weakness.

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Andy Murray's anger exposed as he smashed up racquets and was blasted for tennis emotions © GETTY Andy Murray's anger exposed as he smashed up racquets and was blasted for tennis emotions Murray: In action today at Wimbledon © GETTY Murray: In action today at Wimbledon

"I've always been criticised for that. I've broken a few rackets in my career, but I'm more of a shouter.

"On the court is where that side of me comes out. It's strange, because I refuse to shout at the children.

"Unless they're pushing each other down the stairs or about to put their hand in the fire.

"If they're doing something naughty, I talk it through rather than shout."

Murray's temper got the better of him in January of this year as he prepared for the Australian Open.

Record: John Isner (L) won longest-ever match © GETTY Record: John Isner (L) won longest-ever match

The British star slammed down his racquet during a warm-up match for the Grand Slam as part of the Melbourne Summer Series.

Murray's defeat to the world number 76 Facundo Bagnis in his first match of the year left him visibly frustrated.

Taking his seat as the game began to run away from him, Murray again threw down his racquet and punched his bag.

Another recent moment of rage came in March last year at the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The former world number one cursed and smashed up his racquet on the ground during his 7-5, 6-2 loss to Andrey Rublev.

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Murray: Broke racquet in Rotterdam, March 03, 2021 © GETTY Murray: Broke racquet in Rotterdam, March 03, 2021

During his interview with The Times, Murray also discussed what it was like being in the media spotlight.

He said that after he made spontaneous comments during interviews in his early career, he became more guarded in his comments.

However, this approach led to him being perceived as grumpy and even boring, he admitted.

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He said: "I felt very uncomfortable in front of the media, because I didn't trust them to report what I was saying.

"When I first came on the tennis tour when I was 18 or 19, I was shooting from the hip, saying whatever came to my mind."

Highlights of Murray vs Isner are available on BBC iPlayer.

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