espnW: Andy Murray
Pop quiz time! You’re in charge of casting the new Andy Murray biopic, who do you choose to play the lead role?
A. Michael Sheen, he’s a trained Shakespearean actor!
B. Pharrell Williams, he’s proven he can fill big hats.
C. Ed Sheeran, at least he looks Scottish.
D. Gordon Ramsay, at least he’ll bring some passion and fire to the project.
E. Rory McIlroy, he did win a U.S. Open after all.
If you selected any of the options above, you have probably not seen any of their totally fake auditions for this totally fake project. In a two-part promotional series for Stand Up To Cancer, the tennis star and director and actor Richard Ayoade attempt to cast the lead roles for Murray’s life story. Here are the pretty hilarious screen tests, complete with lots and lots of jokes at Murray’s expense.
Warning: There is strong language in the second clip, courtesy of -- who else? -- Gordon Ramsay.
Maybe it’s just because of the addition of Britney Spears and her, um, interesting British accent but I would definitely see this movie.
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In honor of reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's 27th birthday today, we look back at the Scottish tennis star's first big win on the world stage. In 2004, after starting play on the Challenger Tour the previous year, the then-17-year-old took home his first major trophy when he won the boys' title at the US Open. Seeded third, Murray beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2 in the final. After the match, Murray thanked his mom, Judy, for "making lots of noise." That same year, Roger Federer beat Lleyton Hewitt in the men's final to claim his fourth Grand Slam title and his first of five straight in New York. Murray went on to represent Great Britain later that month in the Davis Cup, and, by 2005, he had cracked the Top 100 in the world rankings. Telling the BBC shortly after his win at Flushing Meadows that he hoped to one day make the world top 10, Murray has since won the US Open (2012), an Olympic gold medal (2012), Wimbledon (2013) and a slew of other tournaments. He is ranked No. 8 in the world -- after reaching a career-high No. 2 in 2009 -- and is playing in the Italian Open this week.
Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth! In honor of Her Royal Highness' 88th birthday, here are five athletes who have received honors at Buckingham Palace in recent years:
1. Jessica Ennis: The 2012 heptathlon gold medalist won over the world with her performance at the London Olympics and was even featured on a British stamp. She received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from the Queen last year. Ennis called the experience "nerve-racking" and said she couldn't even remember what the Queen said to her immediately after.
2. Nick Faldo: The legendary golfer received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1987 but was bestowed knighthood (KBE) in 2009 from the Queen. He became just the second golfer in history to receive the prestigious honor, after Henry Cotton in 1988. As a result, Faldo is formally referred to as "Sir."
3. Andy Murray: Accepting the honor from Prince William last October because the Queen was physically unable, the 2013 Wimbledon champion received his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in October of 2013. Murray was famously delayed en route to the ceremony due to a random drug test.
4. Rebecca Adlington: Moments after she became the first British swimmer in 100 years to win two Olympic gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, her teammate Cassie Patten said, "The Queen, if you're watching -- Dame Rebecca Adlington" to the camera. While Patten's demand hasn't yet quite come true, Adlington did receive her OBE in 2009.
5. David Beckham: The soccer superstar received his OBE in 2003 from Her Royal Highness and was named a candidate for knighthood in 2013. He ultimately lost out on the honors but will likely be considered again.
The 2014 tennis season is officially underway as the Brisbane International opened yesterday in Australia. The hard-court tournament is used by many of the WTA and ATP’s top players as a warm-up for January’s Australian Open. Serena Williams and Andy Murray won the 2013 Brisbane singles titles. Although they both had successful seasons, neither went on to win the year’s first Grand Slam event in Melbourne. In fact, no woman or man has ever won the Brisbane Open and the Australian Open in the same year. Perhaps two-time defending Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka should keep that in mind as she takes the court in Brisbane. Three-time defending men’s champ Novak Djokovic is interestingly not playing in Brisbane.