Tennis hospitality news: Laver backs Murray for Grand Slam
Legendary tennis player Rod Laver has offered words of wisdom to world number five Andy Murray, telling tennis corporate hospitality guests that the Scotsman is well equipped to win a Grand Slam.
Speaking to the Press Association, the 11-time major title winner expressed sympathy after Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open, becoming the first player to compete in three Grand Slam finals without winning a single set.
"Winning the first [Grand Slam] is probably the toughest that you'll ever come across," he explained. "He's just one tick away from winning. Being in the final three times is a great effort."
Laver added that the weight of expectation may be proving a tough burden to bear for Murray and suggested the 23-year-old could benefit from learning to keep his emotions in check in high-pressure situations.
Last week, Djokovic revealed that he and Murray - close friends away from the tennis court - could team up for a doubles partnership at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells next month.
By Ted Walker