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By Nicholas McCarvel

The Inn Crowd: If Andy Murray plans on opening a bed and breakfast, we only hope that Judy Murray is the one picking the dessert tray for afternoon tea. It was announced Monday that Murray has spent $3 million on the Cromlix House Hotel, a 15-room Victorian-era mansion near his childhood home of Dunblane, Scotland. It’s actually not a bed and breakfast that Murray aims to turn the hotel into, but instead a five-star destination. The hotel is set to open in 2014 prior to golf’s famed Ryder Cup and is projected to provide 40 new jobs in the region. “By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of the Dunblane community, we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses,” the 25-year-old Murray said in a statement. Murray’s brother Jamie married his wife Alejandra Gutierrez there in 2010. But seriously, is Judy choosing some delicious chocolate treats for us or what?

Welcome Back, Mardy: American Mardy Fish, out since he revealed that he had an irregular heartbeat at the US Open last year, will make a much-anticipated return to pro tennis at next week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Fit for Laura: From one British biz deal to the next. Richard Branson’s Virgin Active – a chain of high-end gyms in Britain and Australia – revealed Laura Robson as its first tennis ambassador beginning on March 4, World Tennis Day. The deal with the 19-year-old Robson is said to be for two years, though financial specifics were not announced. Robson said she aimed to inspire girls to pick up tennis, especially those who dropped tennis at an early age. Virgin Active has over 100 clubs in Britain, including 21 with racket sports. The company has a reported 20,000 members that play tennis. What we’d like to see most? Branson vs. Robson, of course.
 
Just call him Andy Ro-bin Hood?
A now-retired Andy Roddick is suing the Miracle Match Foundation for breach of contract, saying that the charity never intended to pay him the $100,000 appearance fee for a benefit exhibition that took place in Connecticut in September. The two checks the charity wrote him bounced. And what does Roddick intend to do with the money should he be awarded it? Give it right back. The foundation has been in financial hot water for failing to file financial statements on time. Says Rob… er, Andy: “I simply expect [them] to live up to their word and obligations. They have repeatedly had issues paying the participants of their matches and very little of the money raised from these events actually goes to charity. One-hundred percent of the money I win in this case will go to the charities, which were originally supposed to benefit from that night.” The bigger question: Does that make Brooklyn Decker the Maid Marian of this situation?
 
Itty bits: The Long Beach Tennis Center in Queens, New York, reopened Sunday after being closed for over three months due to $1 million in damage from Hurricane Sandy. | How can new business owners and entrepreneurs make their way? Follow the Roger Federer approach, says executive life strategist Shannah Kennedy. Step one: Master the basics before you go for the big shots. | Is Tennis Channel’s complaint against Comcast flawed? Perhaps, says a US Court of Appeals judge. The judge ruled Monday that TC’s complaint was not issued on time and that the FCC’s order (which was for Comcast to treat TC the same as Comcast-owned stations Golf Channel and NBC Sports in their channel tier-placement system) might affect Comcast’s First Amendment rights. We know, #complicated. | Su-Wei Hsieh, the defending title winner in Kuala Lumpur this week on her 5-foot-7, 126-pound frame: “I’m not interested in being a ‘King Kong Barbie!’” | The BNP Paribas Open announced plans for a new Stadium 2 to be finished in just a year over the weekend, the 8,000-seat venue accompanied by four practice courts and new parking. (Full disclosure: I work as a blogger for the Indian Wells website.)
 
Last look: Your first look at the new E! show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? Um……...



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