Fresh from his ATP triumph in the Cincinnati Open yesterday, dour Scot and as some would have it British No.1, Andy Murray, was defended by his Mum on Twitter as not being in the least bit boring.
The curly-topped tennis ace has continually been branded as being a complete yawnfest thanks in the most part to his undoubted brain-numbingly monotone vocal delivery.
"He sounds like somebody who perhaps received bad news some time ago and has never really come to terms with it," says top pundit Andrew Castle, and he adds, "But when you get to know Andy he can be a right hoot. I remember this one time he told me a joke and it was really amusing in an odd and vaguely disturbing sort of way."
And in a shock development last night following his victory, it was thought that during the trophy presentation the lugubrious Glaswegian had actually smiled; however Murray himself moved quickly to quash the rumour when he revealed that he had in fact suffered a short and sudden bout of trapped wind.
Murray's Mum, Judy, has filled her Twitter timeline with a stout defence of her son's more humorous qualities and she hopes that it will go a long way to dispelling the miserable sod tag. Her Tweets refer to an altogether different Andy and tell tales of hi jinx with a jelly trifle at his third birthday party. She also alludes, rather cryptically, to an episode involving a seven-year-old Andy in a Christmas pantomime horse costume. One Tweet strikes a combative note and says, "Andy can quote virtually every line of every episode of Fawlty Towers, so, hey, do the math schmucks." Professor of Linguistics at the Open University, Vernon McBride, says that this tweet suggests the amount of time the Murrays are spending in America is having an influence on their extended vocabulary.
Fellow Scot and the very aptly named TV personality, Carol Smillie, says that Andy just really needs to practice the odd little smirk and his fortunes would be sure to change. "Who knows, with smile-power in his corner he could even go on to win his first major in New York over the coming weeks," grinned the former Wheel Of Fortune Dolly Bird.