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• Video: As Andy Murray tries to defend his Tokyo title, how about a look back at his entertaining final against Rafael Nadal last year?
• The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells never has a hard time selling out, and now the tournament is looking to expand even further to attract 500,000 fans in the next five years. Renovation plans include a brand new secondary stadium.
“It’s an aggressive timeline and it’s an aggressive program, but working for Mr. Ellison, he doesn’t know anything else,” said Moore, referencing tournament owner Larry Ellison, the founder and CEO of computer giant Oracle. “It’s very exciting and very energizing.”
• Andy and Jamie Murray are the defending doubles champions in Tokyo and they’ve re-teamed to try to defend this week. Here’s a Q&A with the brothers, talking dogs, sushi, and Ryder Cup.
• Speaking of Andy, he says the key to his U.S. Open triumph was learning how to win matches when not playing well.
“Sometimes in the past when I’ve been playing well I would win a lot of matches and then when I wasn’t playing well I would get down on myself and not figure out exactly how to win all of the time, especially in the Slams,” Murray said. “I think I did a very good job of that at the US Open because I didn’t feel like I played unbelievable tennis all the time, although the conditions didn’t help. I played smart the whole time and was able to stay focused.”
• The players complained, and the Australian Open heard, hiking prize money to historic levels. Tennis Australia chief Steve Wood says he’s not worried about setting a precedent for caving to player demands. But considering the ATP is hinting that this prize money fight isn’t over, I’m not so sure, Steve.
• Non-tennis: Here’s a Big Picture gallery of September life around the world.