Wimbledon Diary: David Beckham is the Murray brothers' No.1 fan

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Murray's goldenballs

David Beckham's connection with the Murray family - and he has watched both singles player Andy and doubles specialist Jamie run about on the Centre Court grass this week - goes back a decade.

And runs deeper than the fact they have both been advised by Simon Fuller, the entrepreneur and creator of Pop Idol. Beckham has been there from the beginning.

It was in 2005, when watching on television as Andy made the third round at his first senior Wimbledon, that Beckham first took great notice of the brothers from Dunblane.

Not long after that, when a teenage Andy was informed that Beckham had taken an interest in his career, he giggled at the thought of it.

The bad and the ugly, but not the good

What a shame, the Australian great Rod Laver has told the Wimbledon Diary, that there has been more attention here on Nick Kyrgios' occasionally "bad, ugly" behaviour than there has been on the young player's tennis.

"Nick's young and maybe doesn't realise what he is doing sometimes. He's playing with emotion. A crowd builds him up. That's certainly something that he needs to grow out of and he needs to grow out of that sooner rather than later as his performance here, I don't think many Australians would agree with it. There's certainly no excuse for swearing. That's just bad behaviour, that's ugly," Laver, one of the greatest players of all time, said of his fellow Australian.

"I have spoken to John Newcombe and Fred Stolle and Tony Roche and people who are closer to him, and none of them agree [with what he has been doing]. They would like to see him stop doing that and just let his racket do the talking and win matches.

"Maybe, in 10 years from now, he will look back and think, 'Maybe I shouldn't have been like that and shouldn't have acted that way'. It's a shame that people are talking about this rather than about his tennis," said Laver, who plans to be at the All England Club on Friday.

"Nick's a great player, he has proved that the last couple of years now, and he is capable of being a tremendous asset. We would love to have another champion in Australia. We're losing Lleyton Hewitt, who is the epitome of sportsmanship and trying hard. We would like Kyrgios to take that role."

French fancy

In Richard Gasquet's analysis, Andy Murray's standing among the French tennis public has never been higher. That's thanks to his recent form at Roland Garros, where he made the semifinals and troubled Novak Djokovic, and also because of his collaboration with coach Amelie Mauresmo.

Though any affection that French tennis fans might now have for Murray will surely be tested in just a week's time when Great Britain and France play in the Davis Cup quarterfinal at Queen's.

"It's true that, because he has been working with Amelie, more people in France have become interested in Andy," Gasquet told the Wimbledon Diary.

Never play your heroes

Garbine Muguruza's favourite player when she was growing up? Serena Williams.

But remember what happened the last time in this tournament that Williams faced someone who used to idolise her? She came within two points of defeat - against Heather Watson in the third round.