'Out of it': Andy Murray lifts the lid on x-rated photo blunder

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Andy Murray has opened up about a picture he posted on Instagram which fans believe shows a little more than he might have cared to share. Pictures: Instagram/andymurray
Andy Murray has opened up about a picture he posted on Instagram which fans believe shows a little more than he might have cared to share. Pictures: Instagram/andymurray

Andy Murray has shown he can have a laugh at himself after opening up about an unfortunate, morphine-induced gaffe in January last year in which he accidentally revealed his groin on Instagram.

After having surgery on his hip, Murray took to the platform to share a picture of his x-rays - unaware that the photo he’d taken left a little bit more on the frame than he cared to share.

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The 33-year-old said he’d shared the snap the day after his surgery and might not quite have been thinking clearly - despite soon realising it showed more than he thought.

"Well, I obviously realised quite quickly afterwards that it did,” Murray told Pride Life Magazine.

"I think it was the following morning [after the operation] and I was pretty out of it at the time.

"I was taking all kinds of medication, morphine and everything and I was obviously not thinking straight or checking too carefully.

"I’ve never made a mistake like that before.

"But if people found it funny then it’s OK.

"I think the lesson to be learned is that if you’ve just come through a major operation, and been given morphine, then you should stay off social media for a while!”

Andy Murray takes potshot at Margaret Court

Murray has also weighed in on the debate regarding Margaret Court Arena and has called for a change of name.

Court, who has a record 24 Grand Slam titles, has come under criticism in recent years for her strong views on same-sex marriage.

Earlier this year, the 77 year-old - who once described homosexuality as an "abominable sexual practice" - wasn't impressed with Tennis Australia after Court was honoured at the Australian Open to mark the 50th anniversary of her grand slam winning season.

Tennis Australia rejected her stance on gay marriage and homosexuality, said it had done everything it could for Court, including paying for her and 16 family members to attend a fortnight at the Open.

Andy Murray has thrown his support behind calls for Margaret Court arena to be renamed. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits)
Andy Murray has thrown his support behind calls for Margaret Court arena to be renamed. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits)

Tension escalated the day after the ceremony when former players Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe protested, called for her name to be erased from Margaret Court Arena - named after her in 1987 - and replaced with that of Evonne Goolagong.

Now, Murray has weighed in on the growing debate and said it was a positive players had shown their support and spoken out for equality.

Murray said the debate was similar to the removal of historically inappropriate statues and said renaming of the arena was “something the sport should consider.”

“I don’t think her values are what tennis stands for,” he said in Pride Life magazine.

“When you get to the Australian Open you want to concentrate on the tennis.

“Court’s views detract from that.”

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