Andy Murray: Players don’t want to go on strike

British No1 insists players do not want to walk out over a packed tennis schedule

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Murray won his fourth title of the year in Beijing last week PA Photos

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Andy Murray has insisted that he does not want players to go on strike over a packed tennis calendar.

The British No1 sparked controversy last month when he revealed that some of tennis’s top names would consider strike action if their concerns over the schedule were not addressed.

But the 24-year-old Scot has moved to dampen talk of a walk-out by insisting that the majority of players do not want to strike.

“When I said it was a possibility, I didn’t expect that to be such a massive issue,” said Murray at the Shanghai Masters. “It’s so far away from being at that level. Me, and not any of the players I know, want to strike.

“The players, I think, are maybe coming across as being spoilt when I don’t think that is the case.”

World No2 Rafael Nadal added: “I don’t think it is the right time to talk about this. Any information you need to know, you will know.

“There is something there, but I don’t want to talk about it, especially when nothing is clear. Not talking is better than talking.”

Murray said last month that the players plan to “sit down and talk about” their concerns with tennis’s governing bodies, the ATP and the ITF, before the end of the year.

“We just want things to change, really small things,” he said. “Two or three weeks during the year, a few less tournaments each year, which I don’t think is unreasonable.”

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