No love lost in charity tennis sketch

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has posted a video of him schooling a team of celebrities on the court, all in aid of children’s charity Unicef UK.

In the sketch, Murray acts as coach to three stars – comedian Jack Whitehall, broadcaster Clare Balding and One Direction member Liam Payne.

Often maligned for being too serious, Murray plays up to this persona, revelling in his role as a no-nonsense instructor. In one scene, he spots a supine Payne and yells: “Are you resting Liam from One Direction? Unicef won’t rest until every child is safe!”

His three protégées each demonstrate various levels of disdain towards their new teacher, with Balding looking to take over control. On the other hand, Whitehall has other plans. The Fresh Meat comic has his sights on joining One Direction, but Payne doesn’t rate his chances, saying: “No way in hell. Not a chance.”

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The tennis ace and keen supporter of Unicef UK posted the video on his Facebook page in the run-up to Wimbledon, to raise awareness of the charity’s UK Children in Danger Summer Appeal.

Andy, aged 28, said: “I’ve supported Unicef for a few years now, and when Liam Payne asked me if we could have a knock up together I thought that it would be a great idea to try and do something in aid of Unicef to, help the children they are working to protect. We came up with the idea of making a short comedy sketch and it was great that Jack Whitehall and Clare Balding were keen to get involved too, which meant that we could have a doubles match – albeit a rather unusual one.

“Hopefully people will enjoy watching the film and will share it with their mates.

“The work Unicef does to protect millions of children from danger is so significant, and I hope we can help spread the word about their summer appeal and raise lots of money.”

“Jack, Clare and Liam all gave it their best shot.”

Unicef UK’s Children in Danger Summer Disease Appeal is raising vital funds for children in danger of disease. Every day, 17,000 children under the age of five die, most because they don’t get the health care and life-saving vaccines they need. Murray and others hope the video will encourage the public to support Unicef UK’s life-saving work and help provide vaccines for children around the world.

For further information about Andy’s comedy sketch and Unicef UK’s Children in Danger Summer Disease Appeal, please visit Unicef UK’s website. To contact Unicef UK directly, call 0300 330 5580. (Calling an 0300 number costs the same as calling any other 01 or 02 number from within the UK and are included in any bundled minutes you have on a mobile network)

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