Andy Murray praises girlfriend Kim Sears for dealing with long-distance romance

Murray: 'Kim can handle long-distance strain'
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Andy Murray says that he and his girlfriend Kim Sears have kept their eight-year romance strong because they can both handle long distance.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has claimed that he and girlfriend Kim Sears have kept their relationship strong due to their ability to handle long distance.

The 26-year-old, who is constantly travelling on the ATP Tour, has been dating the daughter of tennis coach Nigel Sears for almost eight years.

"One thing that, I think, really helps with her is that she really understands the sport because she has been around it from a young age," The Mirror quotes Murray as saying.

"She was used to her dad travelling on the Tour when she was a kid so she knew what it was like to have that sort of distant relationship and that's obviously helped a lot. It's been seven, coming up to eight years pretty much, bar a few months in the middle, we've been together. It's been a long time."

Murray made history by becoming the first British man since Fred Perry to win the Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday.

Andy Murray of Britain poses with the Wimbledon trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final on July 7, 2013
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