World number one but still mummy’s boy

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Britain’s Andy Murray. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Andy Murray said he thinks he’s the favourite child of his mother and one-time coach, Judy Murray. “I think that I am my mum’s favourite and Jamie is my dad’s favourite. That’s my opinion. However they would tell you they love us both equally, but that’s how I feel,” said the world number one. Despite this, Murray was less than complimentary about his mother’s appearance on British TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. “She certainly didn’t win it. She was useless. I’m not a dancer either to be honest. I can’t see myself doing that show,” Murray told Australia’s Channel Seven.

Ice queen

Serena Williams revealed a hidden talent for ice skating. “I can’t do a triple Lutz, but I can maybe do a double,” she said. “I have no idea. I just close my eyes, and I just spin and I pray I don’t fall. If I do, I get up.” As it turns out, this is similar to her approach to serving, which she says she doesn’t practice too much. “For me, I don’t think about it… I serve my best when I just toss the ball up and serve and see what happens,” she said.

In the running

Many players want to stop training and put their feet up after retiring, but Barbora Strycova said she wants to run a marathon. “This is actually my dream, after I finish, I want to run a marathon. So I will prepare for that. I don’t know when it’s going to be, but it’s my dream,” said the 30-year-old. She would be following in the footsteps of Caroline Wozniacki, who found the time to train for and run the New York marathon in between playing in 2014. “You don’t have to think. You just go and run,” Strycova said.

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