London: A quiet morning for the British Davis Cup team in San Diego was enlivened on Wednesday when Andy Murray woke up early – probably as a result of post-Melbourne jet-lag – and decided to take part in a Twitter question-and-answer session.
As usual, Murray’s answers were heavily infused with his dry sense of humour. Yet that did not prevent an ironic comment about his wedding plans from provoking a burst of excitement on social media, websites and rolling news channels.
Asked by one fan: “When are you going to get married (to girlfriend Kim Sears)?”, Murray replied: “We are getting married just after Wimbledon… should be a great day.”
Was he serious? Those familiar with his mischievous side suspected it was unlikely. When the same question had been posed by Holly Willoughby on breakfast TV the morning after his Wimbledon triumph, his response was: “I only met you like 10 minutes ago, so I wouldn’t be telling you first.”
Sure enough, word soon arrived that Murray had just been messing about. “I would have hoped that, by now, you would know that isn’t probably the way I would go about doing something like that,” he told a small group of reporters on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t do it on social media or in front of a TV camera. It’s weird.”
He sounded slightly disappointed that the world had not understood him well enough to appreciate the tone of his Twitter message. “Someone asks a question like ‘Who would you kill out of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic?’ and you answer that question and it doesn’t get picked up on,” he said, to emphasise the point that he had clearly been in a flippant mode. “It’s not really worth the bother, to be honest.”
As Kevin Pietersen might say, it’s not easy being Andy. He is often portrayed as boring, largely because he was born with a monotone voice – the aspect of himself he once said he would most like to change. But when he tries to be light-hearted, not everyone gets the joke.
Not that Murray will waste any time ruminating over the affair. Instead he will be turning his attention to this weekend’s Davis Cup match against the US on a purpose-built clay court at Petco Park, a baseball stadium in San Diego’s bijou “Gaslamp” district.