Australian Open runner up and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray had an unusual culinary experience today, cooking up a storm ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next week.
The tournament third seed took the chance to be involved in the 2015 Dubai Food Festival which is currently taking place, and features an array of events and culinary attractions across the city.
Murray headed down to a lively food hotspot set on the golden sands of Kite Beach in Jumeirah, where he met world renowned Indian celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, who was ready to help him create a very special dish, which they dubbed the ‘Murray Curry’.
Murray enjoyed the experience saying “I have been learning to cook a curry, which I have never tried doing before and was a nice and fun experience.”
“Having spent a great deal of time here to train and holiday, you’re always guaranteed good weather. I love the fact that there are so many great restaurants here, great shopping and I find the people really friendly all the time. I love being here.”
After making it to the final in 2012, Murray is looking forward to the tournament, saying: “There are a lot of things that make this a great event. They look after the players extremely well. With the hotel now onsite it makes it super convenient to get around. Usually we have great weather and the crowds early on in the week, it makes it enjoyable to play here. It is really easy for the players to enjoy.”
“It is an important event especially with the quality of the draw being really strong here, you need to be on your game. With Roger and Novak both having come here every year in the past 6-7 years, along with the long tournament history and quality of the winners, it is an important date on the calendar for sure.”
Murray is in good shape, “I feel good, I arrived a couple of days ago and have been practicing indoors these last few days and getting my body clock ready. It has been a good start to the year so far.”
The ATP tournament commences on 23rd February with the finals on 28th February. Along with Djokovic, the tournament will star defending champion and world number two Roger Federer, Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray and two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free, and held under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Tickets for the event are available from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which opens from 9am to 9pm daily. Grandstand tickets can also be bought online at http://www.timeouttickets.com/. For further information about tickets, prices and the tournament visit www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.