Murray plans harsh new initiation ceremony for Broady

Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:33am EDT
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By Ian Chadband

(Reuters) - Andy Murray once tried to make his international team mate Liam Broady's life a misery by ensuring his first speech at a Davis Cup welcome dinner was a disaster.

Now the world number two is planning to make Broady's life just as uncomfortable in the unforgiving world of grand slam tennis.

For the first time in 56 matches over 11 years, Britain's twice grand slam champion Murray finds himself drawn at Wimbledon against a fellow countryman and he admits that playing his 22-year-old colleague will feel "weird".

For a former champion long buoyed by support from the home fans, Murray could instead find the showcourt crowds cheering for a lad from Stockport -- home town of Murray's only rival for the accolade of Britain's best player ever, Fred Perry -- when they play on Tuesday.

Broady reckons he is playing the part of Leicester City, the 5,000-1 no-hopers who went on to win the Premier League. Only one thing; he believes he's probably an even bigger outsider to pull off one of Wimbledon's great sensations.

It has all left the tournament's second favorite Murray admitting he does not quite know what to expect with their first round match.

"It will be interesting. Obviously never happened before, not for me anyway," Murray told a news conference on Saturday.

"Liam's a good guy. Works hard. I would imagine we'd probably play on one of the big courts, so a big experience for him, as well. Yeah, look forward to it but, I mean, it will be a bit strange."   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon Preview - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 26/6/16
Great Britain's Andy Murray with coaches Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado during practice
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