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London | McIntyre catches Murray out for Sport Relief

Michael McIntyre and his film crew gave Sir Andy Murray a rude awakening.

Fortunately Britain’s greatest-ever tennis star saw the funny side of things when Michael McIntyre played the prank on him in aid of Sport Relief 2018.

When Andy Murray went to bed, he was not expecting to have a comedian and camera crew invading his hotel room, but that was what happened to him and he was dumbstruck when he found Michael McIntyre peering over him late at night.

Probably the most challenging Midnight Gameshow we've done yet but it was so worth it. Thankfully Andy saw the funny side and he was a great sport throughout. I can't wait for everyone to see it. Michael McIntyre

With the help of Andy’s team and family, Michael snuck into his room where he was staying in St George’s Park so he could play in Michael’s Midnight Gameshow.

The sketch is taken from Michael’s TV show, Michael McIntrye’s Big Show, and as is tradition in Sport Relief, Andy is challenged by other famous faces to answer quiz questions in his bedroom.

“When I went to sleep, Michael McIntyre was the last person I expected to see at the foot of my bed in the middle of the night!” Murray admitted.

“Once I got over the initial shock and managed to wake up, I had fun and it is great that it will help to raise money for such a good cause.”

McIntyre added: “The minute the idea was mentioned I knew we had to make this happen.

“Probably the most challenging Midnight Gameshow we’ve done yet but it was so worth it.

“Thankfully Andy saw the funny side and he was a great sport throughout. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

It took months of planning to pull off the prank, and Murray was certainly not dressed to receive his guest.

The segment airs on 23 March on BBC 1 during Sport Relief alongside sketches starring a whole host of stars including Freddie Flintoff, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness and Claudia Winkleman.

Murray was staying at St George’s Park where he was training as he continues his comeback from injury.

After recently undergoing surgery for a hip issue in Melbourne, Australia, Murray hopes to pick up his career where he left off, at the end of a 37 week run as the best player in the world.

Dr. John O’Donnell, one of the best hip surgeons in the world, carried out the operation and was happy with the outcome.

Murray initially began his consultations with O’Donnell in 2008 due to some minor issues with his hip.

While he initially rejected the idea of surgery, he changed his mind after a good deal of consideration.

The mental and physical tiredness that his hip issues took their toll on his ability to compete but now, with the correct management, he should make a full recovery.

Murray aims to reduce the amount of tournaments that he commits to, and will put together a schedule that provides him with more recovery time between appearances.

He is targeting the grass-court season for his return but may make an early appearance at one of the new ATP Challenger events scheduled for late May.

Murray is determined, however, to make sure that he is one hundred percent ready to play before returning to the sport.




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