Monday, 26 May 2014

Andy Murray the French Open poster boy as Kim Sears, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic join British No 1 in 'Les Muzzerables

If Andy Murray decides to go into acting once he hangs up his racket at least he'll look good on a movie billboard poster.

The British No 1, known for having a dry sense of humour, has been mocked up as the star of 'Les Muzzerables' in the latest piece of work by artist Nial Smith. Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears also makes an appearance.

As well as being the main man in Smith's tribute to the Victor Hugo classic and West End smash Les Misearbles, Murray has also been given the statue treatment for another poster, along with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Jo Wilfried-Tsonga.

The latest efforts are for the French Open, which started at Roland Garros on Sunday, but Murray and his rivals have previously been morphed into movie stars. Other works by Smith have included takes on the likes of Gladiator, Captain America and Trainspotting.

Meanwhile, Murray heads into his first Grand Slam in two-and-a-half years without Ivan Lendl in his corner — but his former Czech mentor will still cast a considerable shadow.

The Wimbledon champion, whose French Open first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev will take place on Tuesday, has revealed he is seeking Lendl’s advice about how to approach the clay-court Grand Slam.

Murray has stuttered this season, but was buoyed by his performance in Rome a week last Friday, when he almost beat the king of clay himself, Nadal, in the quarter-final.

Lendl’s decision to walk out on him in March blindsided the 27-year-old Scot, but it was done on amicable enough terms for the two of them to stay in contact.

‘I’ve messaged him a little bit and he actually called me the day after my match with Rafa in Rome,’ said Murray.

‘He spoke to Dani [Vallverdu, Murray’s assistant coach] and then fired some messages my way. I might call him just to have a little chat.’



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