Birthday boy Andy Murray jokes about ‘cake gate’ – ‘I’m going to be absolutely f**king furious’

Shahida Jacobs
Andy Murray birthday surprise
Andy Murray birthday surprise

Tennis great Andy Murray celebrated his 36th birthday on Monday, but he didn’t waste the opportunity to poke fun at the “cake gate” drama that engulfed the recent Madrid Open.

The three-time Grand Slam winner took to Twitter to declare that he wants a bigger cake than the one Carlos Alcaraz received at Caja Magica earlier this month.

Murray, of course, was referring to the cake controversy that involved Alcaraz and Aryna Sabalenka. Reigning US Open champion Alcaraz received a two-layered cake from Madrid Open organisers when he celebrated his 20th birthday on May 5.

Australian Open champion and world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka celebrated her 25th birthday on the same day, but organisers gave her a much, much smaller cake, much to the dismay of the tennis community.

Former world No 1 Murray tweeted: “If I don’t get a cake of equal size if not slightly bigger than Alcaraz today i’m going to be absolutely f**king furious 😡”

The world No 42 is currently in the southwestern French port city of Bordeaux as he is preparing to take part in the ATP Challenger Tour’s Paribas Primrose Bordeaux.

Murray, though, was presumably “absolutely f**king furious” as the cake he received from organisers were quite, erm, modest. Although the organisers did get fans to sing “happy birthday”, which was also definitely not the greatest rendition you will ever hear.

Australian tennis player Ellen Perez also got in on the act as she replied: “Did they get him the world’s smallest cake because he requested the biggest cake? I doubt they even knew but too good.”

The 36-year-old Murray, who lost in the first round of the Italian Open against Fabio Fognini last week, will return to action on Wednesday as he will take on either Stan Wawrinka or qualifier Ugo Blanchet in the second round of the ATP Challenger Tour event.

The Scot is looking to win back-to-back 175K titles after he lifted the Open Aix Provence trophy just over a fortnight ago – it was his third Challenger title, but first in nearly 18 years.

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