From Miami to The Maldives, Andy Murray shares his travel itinerary

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A word with… Andy Murray

Currently ranked world number four, Andy Murray’s illustrious tennis career has seen him travel the world. But there are still places on his bucket list. Business Life editor Tim Hulse finds out why the reigning Olympic Singles Champion would like to make the Bahamas his home, and which London restaurant has recently been tickling his taste buds

Which destination always pulls you back?
Miami. I went there on my first-ever holiday with my now-wife, Kim. It has good weather, good food, it’s easy to get around and there are a lot of nationalities. It’s a fun city but also somewhere to relax.

Where did you eat your best-ever meal?
At Le Gavroche in Mayfair. I was tasting food for the wedding, and I ate three different scallops, soup, a bit of steak, veal, lamb cutlets and some dessert. 

Is there anywhere left on your bucket list?
I’d like to go to Hawaii and The Maldives (pictured below). I’d like to spend more time in South America. I’ve never been to Brazil or Argentina, although hopefully I’ll go to Brazil for next year’s Olympics

Inset

If you could play tennis against anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
I would have liked to have played Ivan Lendl, my old coach. Would I have beaten him? It would depend on the surface. On clay, no. On grass, yes. And on a hard court I would say he would go into that match as the favourite, but… it would be a good match!

Do you have any tips for dealing with the airport?
Yes, although this is probably a bad tip, because if someone reads it they might end up missing their flight. I try to arrive at the airport as late as possible. Always. I don’t like hanging around at airports, because I spend so much time in them. So I always get there as late as I can – and I’ve never missed a flight.

Do you have any tips for recovering from a long-haul flight?
Try to exercise when you’re feeling tired, whether it’s going for a run or going to the gym. It may not feel good, but it will keep you awake. And be disciplined with naps during the day. If you’re going to have a 30-minute nap, make sure you set your alarm and get up when it goes off. You might feel terrible when you wake up, but the problem with jetlag is when a 30-minute nap turns into three and a half hours. Then it’s game over.

Andy Murray will compete at the Aegon Championships, The Queen’s Club, London, 15-21 June, and at Wimbledon, 29 June-12 July