June 24, 2013 12:00

Andy Murray says he listens to Ed Sheeran to 'get in the zone' for Wimbledon

The tennis star is also a fan of Pharrell and John Mellencamp

Andy Murray says he listens to Ed Sheeran to 'get in the zone' for Wimbledon
Wimbledon hopeful Andy Murray has revealed that enjoys listening to Ed Sheeran and Pharrell when warming up for a big tennis match.

Murray, who opens his Wimbledon 2013 campaign today (June 24) against Benjamin Becker on Centre Court, spoke to BBC Newsbeat about using music to help get in the zone prior to big games, revealing that he is a fan of 'Blurred Lines', Pharrell's recent collaboration with Robin Thicke. "I’ve been listening to a lot of John Mellencamp – quite old. I like Ed Sheeran. I like Pharrell’s songs just now. They’re pretty good – the one with Robin Thicke as well."

Speaking about how popular music is within the tennis community, Murray continues: "I would say 90 per cent of the players listen to music before they go on. You know the locker room at a grand slam, there’s like 128 players at the beginning. It’s very, very loud with coaches and physical trainers and all that so a lot of players just kinda get in the zone by listening to music."

Andy Murray is seeded second for Wimbledon this year, one place behind 2011 champion Novak Djokovic. Murray reached the final in 2012 but lost out to reigning champion Roger Federer.

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