Murray playing his way on clay
Andy Murray press conference habits include fiddling with the microphone, inspecting reporters' latest recording gadgets and an entertaining tendency to over-use the expression "whatnot" ("he's got a good forehand and whatnot") which, I suppose, is mildly better than "and stuff".
Another guarantee, whenever his game-plan is questioned by layman journalists, is the indignant huff, the wry smile, the ever-so-slightly-offended shake of the head.
"Who are these people," he appears to be asking. "Did any of them get to number three in the world?"
And of course he is right. Generally speaking, we are all mostly rubbish, apart from the man from The Independent and Barry Cowan. Suffice to say questioning the best players about their tactics is a dangerous game.
For the brave and the foolish, here are three ways to get on the wrong side of the British number one when the mic gets passed around:
1. Ask him why he played so many drop shots.
2. Ask him why he didn't play more drop shots.
3. Ask him why he was so passive.
Thankfully, question one hasn't been required that much lately. Question two is only asked by people wearing hard hats and body armour. Question three, however, always starts an interesting debate.
Murray knows what he is doing, he always has done. This unflinching self-confidence and belief in his own tennis and tactical ability has got him to the top of the sport.
But there have been times over the course of his young career when passive baseline play has been preferred to hard-court-style aggression, and eyebrows have been raised.
Murray, always an engaging speaker when the topic of discussion moves to tennis tactics, makes this observation:
"Just because I might be behind the baseline and hitting the ball high and hitting with slice doesn't necessarily mean I'm not dictating the way I want the match to go.
"People may think that's defensive tennis but for me that's how I win matches and how I turn the play into my best offensive tennis."
Murray, who has made decent strides during the clay-court season so far, reaching the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo and quarter-finals in Madrid, believes any tactical imbalance has now been corrected. His intention is to play his game and draw his opponent into his particular pattern.
"The one thing I've done better this year is that I haven't treated it as a completely different surface and totally changed my game style," Murray told BBC Sport. "I can still play the way I do on hard-courts, I just need to move better and I have done."
He indicated that he may try to dictate the play when he faces Argentine grinder Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round here in Paris.
"Against the real clay-courters who play with a lot of top-spin you can almost try to make it a hard-court match by playing a little flatter and coming into the net a bit.
"But when you're playing a guy who's not a clay-courter, I'll try to play a little more patiently - try to make a few more balls and play higher over the net."
This season, Murray has demonstrated his considerable clay-court potential. Wins over Davydenko in Monte Carlo and Robredo in Madrid were terrific scalps for his CV, while a magnificent, late renaissance against Nadal in their Monaco semi-final was the type of response to indicate a genuine rivalry for future years.
The remarkable Spaniard is seeded to meet Murray in the semi-finals in Paris but the Scot will do well to get that far. A last-four finish will be a very decent showing and, wisely, he is refusing to look beyond his awkward first-round draw.
And is anyone brave enough to bet against Nadal winning a fifth successive French Open? Federer may have beaten him in Madrid but Nadal didn't enjoy the conditions at altitude and reckons he only played well for a set and a half in that epic semi with Djokovic.
High standards, that man from Majorca. That is why he is unbeaten in his entire career at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005. If that isn't one of modern-day sport's most remarkable factoids, I don't know what is.
Once again, Murray has British company in the main draw of a Grand Slam with Anne Keothavong and Mel South, who have both made excellent progress this year, in the women's draw.
Katie O'Brien and Elena Baltacha, who were both were one match away from qualifying for Roland Garros, are not far behind the domestic top two and wouldn't it be nice to think that some time soon there could be four British women in the main draw of a major championship as of right?
All the more peculiar, therefore, that LTA head of women's tennis Carl Maes felt the need to resign last month.