12 Oct 2011

Murray plays down talk of tennis players' strike

7:25 am on 12 October 2011

The Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has toned down suggestions that players could strike over the crowded tennis calendar, saying that he and his rivals had been unfairly portrayed as spoilt.

During a news conference at the Shanghai Masters he told reporters that he and none of the players he knew wanted to strike.

The world number four, who is defending his title in Shanghai, says his suggestion last month that players would consider striking had been blown out of proportion.

He says the players haven't even sat down and talked.

In his remarks last month, Murray had said the players, unhappy at being required to play so many tournaments, might discuss strike action when they met up in Shanghai.