Here's Why Murray, Djokovic And Tennis's Stars Have Been Confusing Journalists At US Open

The players have been taking part in a hilarious prank with Jimmy Fallon
12:00, 05 Sep 2019

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and the rest of the tennis world have been confusing reporters and fans alike with a series of bizarre interviews.

Though don’t worry, their strenuous schedule and the pressures of Grand Slam tournaments hasn’t sent them loopy, they’ve been in on a prank with US talk-show host Jimmy Fallon.

Asked about his tournament preparations, Murray, completely dead-pan revealed: "I used to take cat naps but now I take kitten naps, which are half as long but twice as cute.”

Maria Sharapova also left plenty of people scratching their heads by stating how difficult is to find three tennis balls in a can of Pringles.

World Number One Djokovic baffled further, insisting: "When the score was deuce, the juice got loose."

A whole host of players accepted Fallon’s challenge with Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas amusingly proclaiming: "Slap your dad and call him Brad."

On The Tonight Show, the American comedian laughed: "No-one knew that we were doing this. It's bizarre, but it's so good."

It’s not the first time sports stars have jazzed up the sometimes tedious pre and post-match interviews.

Ahead of the 1998 World Cup in France, England stars in search of some entertainment during their tournament training camp shoehorned in song titles into all of their answers.

Alan Shearer, Tony Adams and current Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate all took part in the hilarious test.

According to Mark Bright, Ian Wright insisted he had to listen to the players’ interviews as the squad had a bet to see how many songs they could mention and get away with.

Asked by Des Lynam how he was looking forward to it all, Adams quipped: “I’m So Excited, we’ve had some Magic Moments this season, and it just gets Better And Better.”

Southgate could have easily blown the players’ cover with “It’s hardly Club Tropicana,” but pulled it off, leaving journalists none the wiser.

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