Andy and Jamie Murray are among the most famous brothers in top level sport and although Jamie is the only one in the family to have so far won a grand slam title (in mixed), they still get on very well as they travel the tennis world. Ever game for a laugh – at the other’s expense if at all possible – they kindly granted The Tennis Space an exclusive audience as they asked each other a series of devilish-ish questions. (For the record, the words in brackets, including these ones, are ours).
In the first part of the interview Andy interviews Jamie. In the second part, to be published on Thursday, Jamie will be interviewing Andy.
AM: What is the most embarrassing piece of clothing you have ever owned?
JM: Errm, dunno. Couple of hats. All sorts of them. One with a peak. A couple of trilbys. Maybe a waistcoat. The waistcoat’s alright. That was fine.
AM: The problem was he would wear them all together. It wasn’t like it was just one thing.
JM: Yeah, it was an ensemble.
AM: What is the worst chat-up line you have ever used?
JM: I never used chat up lines. Never. Never.
AM: Those outfits were enough.
JM: They were a statement.
AM: And they didn’t work.
AM: What was the first CD you bought?
JM: Probably Oasis, What’s The Story, Morning Glory. I just remember loving that.
AM: I had, I can’t remember what the song’s called but it went “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang”.
JM: We did have Barbie Girl. That Aqua song. Andy bought that for me (joking, we think).
AM: What is the best present you have ever been given?
JM: Errm [thinks for ages]
AM: I hope it’s one that came from me.
JM: Yeah, probably some of the more expensive presents from Andy.
AM: You can give the answer, it doesn’t have to have been from me.
(Could be something from your wife?)
AM: Her love and affection?
JM: Yeah, every day that’s a present. Errm, I am struggling here to think of what I’ve got.
(As a child?)
AM: I always bought him a Man Utd shirt.
JM: Probably the last present I got was a Man Utd shirt from Andy, that was for Christmas.
AM: That’s a bit disappointing, to be honest. There’s one that hurt my bank account a little bit he’s not mentioned. (Neither wanted to reveal what that was.)
AM: What’s your most irritating habit?
JM: My wife would probably say picking my nose.
AM: Depends what you do with it after you’ve finished picking your nose.
JM: Or not being a great listener.
AM: I used to hate it when he whistled. Hated it.
JM: Yeah, I whistled to songs.
AM: I hate whistling.