Tuesday 18 June 2019

'She came in and sat on my bed' - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray reveals bizarre stalking story

Andy Murray. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Andy Murray. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has revealed a bizarre story about a fan who stalked him across Europe and even managed to stroke his arm while she posed as a hotel maid and got into the tennis star's bedroom.

The 29-year-old Scot has given a revealing interview ahead of his appearance at the International Premier Tennis League later this year, as he recounted the tale of a fan who clearly got a little too close for comfort.

“At one of the tournaments that I played, there was maid in the hotel,” he began.

“I had the do not disturb sign up on the door and she came in and sat on my bed and started stroking my arm at about 7am when I was still sleeping.

“She then turned up at a couple more tournaments in the hotels that I was playing at in Rotterdam and Barcelona. I don’t know if that is a fan thing but that was a bit extreme.”

Murray is currently competing in the China Open as he look to finish the tennis season as World No.1 for the first time.

The men's and women's tours have tightened security around tournaments in recent years, with leading women particularly having been targeted by suspected stalkers.

American world number two Serena Williams has been repeatedly targeted, while tennis has been on heightened alert for over-zealous fans since April 1993, when Monica Seles was stabbed in the back while on court during a tournament in Hamburg.

That was committed by a fan obsessed with Steffi Graf, Seles' great rival, and kept its victim out of tennis for two years.

Current players including Britain's Heather Watson and Romanian Simona Halep have been subjected to menacing messages on social media

A man was jailed for two years in 2001 for stalking Martina Hingis and trespass after travelling to her then Zurich home.

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