Andy Murray has revealed he was the victim of Bjorn Bjorg’s ‘banter’ when he was out for dinner with the tennis legend.
The Scot was with the 66-year-old Swede and Roger Federer in London as they prepare for the Ryder Cup-style Laver Cup that puts Team America against Team Europe.
Murray said that despite the Team Europe captain “ripping” him the whole night, he still paid the bill for all three, to which Bjorg and Federer took advantage of by ordering even more from the menu.
When a EuroSport reporter asked him about the banter between tennis players, Murray said: “I went to dinner with Roger and Bjorn last night and Bjorn was ripping me most of the dinner, to be honest I’d never even met him before so yeah that started for me last night.
“I took care of the bill, and when they knew I was taking care of the bill they started ordering more and desserts and all sorts.
“And Scots don’t usually do that, so…”
Federer will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career by partnering Nadal in doubles at the Laver Cup after Borg granted the 20-time grand slam champion his wish to compete alongside his oldest and greatest rival.
The ‘GOAT Dream Team’, with 42 major titles between them, will face Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of Team World at London’s 02 on Friday night.
“It’s a different kind of pressure,” said Nadal. “After all the amazing things that we shared together on and off court, to be part of this historic moment is going to be something amazing, unforgettable for me.
“I hope I can have a good chance to play at a decent level, and hopefully together we can create a good moment and maybe win a match. So let’s see.
“Of course being on court, having Roger next to me one more time will be something that I am very much looking forward to. I’m just very happy for that.
“It’s going to be difficult to handle everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. For me, too. You know, at the end one of the most important players, if not the most important player, in my tennis career, is leaving.
“I’m going to try to do my best in every single way, to help to have this moment even more special than what it’s going to be.”
The Ryder Cup-style event also throws up the intriguing prospect of two more former world number ones, Murray and Novak Djokovic, reprising their short-lived, and wholly unsuccessful, doubles partnership.
The gilded pair teamed up as teenagers at the Australian Open in 2006 and in Miami five years later – and lost in the first round both times.
“We were chatting about it last night, about different combinations and partnerships in the team, and obviously that’s up to the captain to decide that, but we have many great options in the team,” said Murray.
“Me and Novak would be a good one, yeah, but if we don’t, whoever steps out on the doubles court is going to be a top team.
“Obviously it will be fun to play with Novak again. Yeah, 2006 feels like a long time ago. We were chatting about that last night. I had hair, like, out here. Yeah, it would be fun to do that.”
The ‘big four’ all practiced together on Thursday afternoon, with Murray and Djokovic the other side of the net to Federer and Nadal.
However, Djokovic has his doubts over whether Borg would select him.
“I’m probably the worst doubles player on the team, so I don’t know if I would get picked,” he said.
“But if we get a chance to play, we hopefully win a match, because we lost both.”