After being defeated by Roger Federer in this week's ATP World Tour Finals in the group stage, UK tennis player and Grand Slam winner Andy Murray had decided to hang up the racket and pick up the pad for a day — Sunday to be exact. However, his R&R came to a screeching halt, as he received a call from the ATP; he was asked to play Novak Djokovic in a one-set exhibition match due to Federer pulling out of the championship match with a back injury (Djokovic was crowned champion in London for the third consecutive year because of this withdrawal).
Murray acted immediately, put down the Nintendo controller, and raced himself to the O2 Arena in London. Having lost 8-5 to Djokovic, Murray revealed his greater successes at an extremely popular Nintendo title:
I was playing Mario Kart on my sofa when I got the call. I was winning at that. Mario Kart is better than my tennis.
He then cheekily apologised due to him having "clearly pushed Roger so hard" in their previous match — in reality Murray had endured possibly his worst match of the year, losing 6-0, 6-1 to Federer.
It was later revealed by ATP chief Chris Kermode that Murray did not ask for a fee to play. Instead, he made a deal with best friend Ross Hutchins — whose wedding he'll attend as best man next week — to cut his speech short.
After hearing the news of Murray's video-game antics that Sunday afternoon, Djokovic had his own say on the unexpected turn of events:
I wasn't playing video-games when I received the news today, I was preparing myself for the last match of the season. I did my warm up. During the doubles match I heard Roger had troubles with the back and he's not able to play. It's disappointing news, but I want to thank Andy, he made a great effort to come out here.
Djokovic couldn't be more right — interrupting anyone's hard-earned session of Mario Kart is a big no-no, and Murray showed his true colours by packing up the pads.
Andy has his priorities straight
Mario Kart? Really? He should be playing Mario Tennis.
He got up to do EXERCISE when playing Mario Kart? Well done Andy, that took guts and sheer willpower!
My buddy's sister makes 67$ an hour beating up scammers like you.
My Buddy's sister makes £40 per week on the dole.She has been without work for 10 months but her last giro was £80 from just sitting on her ass all day.
Why is this news again
@TeeJay Cause there is that all important MK advice.
Plus I laughed a bit.
So Andy Murray makes a small joke about Mario Kart and NL is all over it, but the incredibly fun Super Mario 64 Chaos Edition doesn't even get a passing remark?
Your late NLife I posted a link the other day
Funny, I was playing Mario Tennis Open when I received a call from Lewis Hamilton for a kart racing exhibition match.
Is it just me, or would a Nintendo logo on Andy's match shirt look ultra cool.
ATP x Mario Kart 8.
My word, we truly live in the future I have dreamed of!
@Wouwter I've never understood why kids on a college football team play Madden in their spare time, either. But then, I don't really understand why anyone plays Madden.
Mario kart! =D good choice!
Which one, Andy? Which one?!?!?
Well I learn something new today; a sport's athlete don't need to play a video game that relates to their profession to be good at it. I guess I should of learned it sooner with Mike Tyson and Punch Out.
Hmmm Mario kart or tennis?..........Mario kart.
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