during this time off. And after traveling around the world already during the course of tennis seasons, some players choose simply to enjoy time at home with family and friends.
The women and men both begin January 4th, 2009 in Australia primarily as they warm up for the year's first of four grand slam or most important tournaments, the Australian Open in Melbourne.
But during the month of December, one wildly popular training site for tennis players is of course Florida in the United States. With its sunny skies, top level tennis player population, and Melbourne-like climate, many of the most talented tennis players in fact leave their home countries at ages of 10 or 11 years old to live full-time in Florida.
One player who is enjoying time this month in Florida is the “Scottish, but also British” Andy Murray, who scored a breakthrough year this year on the ATP Tour, winning five tournaments and reaching the final of the US Open in September. Murray himself at age 15 moved from Scotland to Barcelona, Spain to train.
Now ranked fourth, Murray, at the US Open, upset world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain in the semifinals before losing to world number two Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final. Among his 2008 tournament titles were wins at Doha, Qatar and Madrid, Spain.
Murray revealed at the US Open that the New York whirlwind had been his favorite tournament for some time, but after his showing this new level, many think Murray, currently the highest ranked British player, could become the first Brit since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon.
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