Well, not exactly attacked, but more “stroked” by a hotel maid, according to Andy Murray who told his ridiculous story during an interview with Up Close and Personal. And the world number two spared no detail about his bizarre encounter with who is known now as an obsessed fan.
“At one of the tournaments I played, a maid in the hotel … I had a do not disturb sign on the door, and she came in and sat on my bed and started stroking my arm at about seven in the morning when I was still sleeping,” disclosed Murray when asked what the craziest thing a fan ever did. “And then (she) turned up at a couple more tournaments in the hotels I was staying at in Rotterdam and Barcelona. I don’t know if that’s a fan thing – that’s a bit extreme – but that happened.”
Though Murray did not reveal which hotel and city the first encounter took place, the tennis champ’s report was taken very seriously by the ATP. Since then, tennis tours have tightened security, especially for female players who have been experiencing stalker incidents.
“The ATP takes any breach in player security extremely seriously. All players are encouraged to report any incident involving a stalker or unwanted attention to the ATP director of security,” said a spokesperson for the ATP.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray is currently in Beijing, to take a shot at the trophy for the China Open. He won his first-round match on Tuesday, downing Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5, climbing up from a 2-0 deficit early in the game.
He is set to play Konstantin Kravchuk or Andrey Kuznetsov in the second round, and then a possible match against Kyle Edmund should he make it to the quarterfinals.
In the meantime, Andy Murray has set a bear trap behind his hotel-room door, to keep any weird hotel-maids away (Of course, he hasn’t, but there’s surely more than a sock or necktie on his door knob, now).
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