World tennis number two Andy Murray has blamed Australian movie star Mel Gibson for his loss in Sunday's Wimbledon showdown with Serbian Novak Djokovic, claiming the actor's performance in the blockbuster Braveheart gave him 'unrealistic ideas' that if you're Scottish and you shout a lot, you can achieve almost anything.
Murray, who claims to have seen the 1995 classic over 800 times, including once just before walking onto Centre Court on Sunday, even considered applying blue war-paint before entering the arena, but was disuaded by his sponsors, who feared he may 'stain the image' of the civilised sport.
Mel Gibson, who portrayed William Wallace in the multi-award winning film, responded to the news this morning - 'I'm critisised by anti-racism groups, gay rights protesters, and now tennis players. I'm sorry to hear about Andrew's loss. I understand that I protrayed my character with such beautiful accuracy and passion, and I can understand how real it must have felt for him, but he needs to take responsibility for his own performance'.
After the gruelling match, in temperatures that soared past thirty degrees, the deflated British number one sobbed: 'I was so fired up after watching Braveheart before the match. I fast-forwarded to the bit when the Scottish frontline stood strong against the might of the English - the bit when William declares they will not take his freedom. It made me feel like, even in the face of adversity, if you're Scottish and you shout and scream, absolutely anything is possible. Now I just feel cheated'.
Judi Murray, mother of the double Wimbledon finalist said, 'Braveheart was the first film Andrew ever saw and he just got hooked - it's what inspired him to play tennis. He watched it everyday for over 8 years. After witnessing how much the film impacted him, I tried to hide the video, but he'd always find it. I knew he was setting himself up for a terrible fall'.
The proud but concerned mum later added 'it's not just Andy that I'm worried about at the moment. His brother Jamie has become obsessed with the Scotland-based film Trainspotting - which I fear won't end well'.