Andy Murray 'drama queen' claim resurfaces at Wimbledon
Opponent Nikolay Davydenko all but accuses Scot of feigning indifference and/or injury
ANDY MURRAY kicks off his Wimbledon campaign today with the 'drama queen' row that erupted during the French Open still rumbling on, thanks to comments made by his first-round opponent, Nikolay Davydenko.
The veteran Russian, who was once ranked third in the world, mischievously hinted that Murray's on-court demeanour was the source of amusement to other players in the locker-room.
Davydenko's remark compounds comments from Virginia Wade who said the Scot was acting like a 'drama queen' during his match against Jarkko Nieminen at Roland Garros last month.
During that game Murray was struck down with back spasms, lost the first set 6-1 and then came back to win the match, before rounding on his critics and insisting he had been genuinely injured.
But according to The Guardian, Davydenko "all but accused the Scot of trying to con opponents by feigning indifference or injury".
The paper described Davydenko as "a born controversialist" and said he had been "happy to add a postscript" to the row with Wade.
When asked about Murray's on-court antics, the Russian said: "We just laugh. Sometimes he walks on court, he looks tired, like he doesn't want to run any more and then he runs like an animal. He has done that all his career... Maybe it is a special Scottish thing."
Murray will be hoping to avoid the fate of another big name, Venus Williams, who crashed out in the first round at SW19 yesterday, but it seems that few have much faith in him this time round.
"There is a palpable sense of scepticism about his chances," says The Daily Telegraph. "Reflected by the fact that most bookmakers are listing him at 12-1 - the longest Wimbledon odds he has attracted since he made his first Grand Slam final in New York four years ago." ·