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WIMBLEDON WATCH: Murray keeping tabs on King James

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon champion — and basketball fan — Andy Murray has a message for LeBron James: Please don't go.

Murray is a Miami Heat season-ticket-holder, so he's keeping tabs on what happens with James during the NBA offseason.

"I hope he stays in Miami," Murray said Wednesday after reaching the third round at the All England Club. "But, yeah, I guess we'll obviously have to wait and see what his decision is."

James' agent let the Heat know Tuesday that the four-time NBA MVP will opt out of the final two years of his deal, which allows him to become a free agent next week. He still could return to Miami.

"There's no guarantees he's going to leave, just because he opted out of his contract. I guess we'll just have to wait a few weeks," said Murray, who often trains in Florida. "But my season tickets last for another year or two, so ideally, I'd rather he stayed."

— By Howard Fendrich —


PINGPONG VICTORY: Ernests Gulbis went from semifinalist at the French Open to second-round loser at Wimbledon, but he jokingly took some solace from a victory over two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka — at pingpong, that is.

The two are pals, and Azarenka mentioned this week that she discussed fine art with Gulbis.

When he was asked about that, Gulbis said they had dinner together.

And then he made sure to mention what happened when they grabbed some paddles at the place Azarenka is staying at during Wimbledon.

"She didn't tell you how she lost to me in table tennis? She bragged all evening about how good she is in table tennis," he said with a smile Wednesday, "but then I showed her who is the true table tennis champion."

Azarenka could not immediately be reached for comment.

— By Howard Fendrich —


ORDERLY START: It's as much a tradition as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon — the orderly start to each day when the gates open at the All England Tennis Club and those holding grounds passes are allowed in.

While seats at Centre Court and Courts 1 and 2 are reserved, seating on all other courts — on Wednesday, there were 14 others in use — is on a first-come, first-served basis, increasing the possibility for a mad dash for prime seats.

But not at Wimbledon.

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