Q. and A.: The Distractions Andy Murray Finds Off-Putting


Andy Murray defeated Marcel Granollers, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4, on Thursday despite the din at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Uli Seit for The New York Times

For a fifth year, The New York Times is speaking to Andy Murray after his matches at the United States Open, where he broke through for his first Grand Slam title in 2012.

The steady din inside Arthur Ashe Stadium has been a frequent topic of conversation in the early days of the United States Open. After winning his second-round match under the closed roof of Ashe Stadium on Thursday, Murray discussed the many disruptions a tennis player can face.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Of all the various distractions in tennis — the noise under the new roof being one — what bothers you most?


Why’s that?

I just find it irritating, especially when I throw the ball up and it wasn’t there the last time. When you throw the ball up to start a game, you’re not expecting to see something up there. You throw the ball up — and it wasn’t there the last game — and all the sudden it’s in your eyes. I just don’t like it. I always ask for them to move it, immediately.

So for you, visuals are more disruptive than sounds?

It depends. Like at Wimbledon, because it’s dead silent, when one person shouts out, you really notice it, so that can be off-putting. Whereas here, it’s loud, and there’s always people making noise. I don’t find that distracting, really, because there’s just constant noise here normally. Obviously, with the roof now, it’s quite different. It really depends where you are. At Wimbledon, just one person shouting is off-putting.

How about things just seeming out of place? One time, you were upset that there was a reporter in your player’s box who you didn’t think should be in there.

Yeah, that’s important to me. Say there was a basketball…

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