Andy Murray, from the outside at least, has never exactly been regarded of the friendliest of blokes, even if those who are closer to him suggest otherwise. Furthermore, it now seems as though he stands to lose some of the friends he does have after releasing his wedding invitation list.
Deciding who does and doesn’t get an invite is possibly the one of the most awkward and daunting challengers that faces husbands and brides to be – nobody really wants to invite all of the aunties and uncles, do they – but Murray has really been brutal with his selections, reports the Mirror.
In a move that will make an eyebrow or two raise in surprise, the Briton has excluded all of his main on-court rivals from the festivities.
That’s right; Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have all been shunned from the wedding which takes place on Saturday in Murray’s hometown of Dunblane, even though the trio are supposed to get along quite well.
The announcement comes in the wake of the current world no.3 and his fiancée Kim Sears deciding that their wedding will not be a glitzy, glamorous Paparazzi-fest. To be fair, it wouldn’t suit them if it was; they aren’t Kim Kardashian and Kanye West…
"There won’t be any celebrities as such,” the 27-year-old admitted. "I don’t have any celebrity friends so it wasn’t something that was planned.
"[The list will be] Everyone who we’re close to, people we’ve spent a lot of time with in the past but also people we see ourselves spending time with in the future.
"That’s how we came up with the names. Pretty much everything is done now and under control. I’m sure a few things will come up next week but it’s pretty much sorted."
Murray’s comments that state he doesn’t have any celebrity friends may – or may not – come as a blow to some. Other household names like former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and comedians James Corden and Billy Connolly all miss-out, despite also being close to the Scottish tennis star.
A few of the lucky names from the sport that did receive an invite include the retired Tim Henman and current Davis Cup teammate James Ward.
Murray will be hoping that his overlooking of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer doesn’t come back to haunt him in future matches.
Perhaps the reason why the trio haven’t been invited is because they have enjoyed defeating the British no.1 so many times over the last few years. Djokovic – who beat Murray for the seventh time in a row in Sunday’s Miami Open final – was the last man to come unstuck against the two-time champion, and that was way back in the 2013 Wimbledon final.
Hopefully the reason isn’t because his bride-to-be has the ‘hots’ for his rivals; now that would indeed be awkward... Their wedding will go ahead, wilfully without a hitch, in Murray’s luxury hotel/castle this weekend.
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