Wimbledon 2014 Diary: Andy Murray gets into the movies by backing new biopic on Seve Ballesteros

 

The tennis player and hotelier Andy Murray has added another business string to his bow – movie mogul. Of sorts. Murray has “invested” in the new film about the life of Seve Ballesteros which is released Friday.

“I normally try to invest in something that interests me a bit,” said Murray. “I watched a lot of golf when I was younger. My dad was a massive Ballesteros fan. I get asked about a number of investment opportunities but that was something to me that made sense. I obviously love sport, I used to play a lot of golf and he was a pretty amazing guy.”

Murray’s own golf career is on hold owing to his bad back, which has cut off another source of income for the self-confessed handicap “bandit.” “Everyone got pissed off when I was playing against them,” he said. “I have never lost a game of golf for money in all the times I have played.”

Fognini pays for outburst

Fabio Fognini could do with a bit of Murray investment. The self-styled “hothead” was today fined $27,500 (£16,200) for his behaviour, or lack of it, in his first-round win over Tim Puetz. It’s the highest fine ever imposed during a Grand Slam. The Italian was punished for two instances of “unsportsmanlike behaviour” and one of using a “visual obscenity”.

Serena ‘solves’ draws

After her easy second-round win, Serena Williams headed home to watch the United States take on Germany in the World Cup having come up with a novel way to settle drawn games, an outcome that remains beyond sporting comprehension to Americans. “There’s always paper, rock, scissors to break a tie,” said Serena.

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