So it seems, tennis followers, we’ve all been taken for a journey by the ATP Tour.
The truth is, “tennis professionals” have been mendacity to us for over half a century, on the lads’s facet anyway.
The true story has all been revealed in a hilarious social media publish from the ATP Tour that has simply gone dwell and is shortly gaining monumental traction.
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The reality is, when the ATP Tour launched again in 1972, it was really the graduation of a scripted actuality present so, naturally, we’re kicking off season 52 this yr.
Among the “gamers” you thought you knew and cherished, or cherished to hate, are actually actors.
Meet Fraser McKnight, who performs Sir Andy Murray.
“Yeah I imply, I believe that’s what folks don’t realise. Like, it’s all simply scripted,” McKnight says within the video.
“So I’ve been a part of this present for 16, 17 years, or ‘ATP Seasons’, as we name them,” Critchley explains.
“The gamers, the matches, it’s all simply form of made up. It’s a bit like, you realize, wrestling or the fact TV reveals, like none of it’s actual.
“We normally get our storylines firstly of the yr and we simply attempt to make every little thing look pure.
“You understand let’s face it, individuals are silly, so, you realize, they’ll purchase something.
“We simply attempt to make every little thing look actual and the viewers appear to adore it.”
There may be additionally the fantastically named Bert Critchley, who does his greatest to get contained in the thoughts of his character, Novak Djokovic.
“One thing that I’m actually attempting to evoke with this Novak character isn’t just the efficiency and the achievements, however a bit extra of an essence, a bit extra persona, attempt to have folks relate to him.
“I wish to carry reality to Novak. What’s he considering, what’s he feeling? What would inspire him, if he was an actual particular person?”
Different characters that function within the behind-the-scenes shoot embody Gael Monfils, probably the most athletic gamers in tennis historical past on-court, who really struggles terribly together with his co-ordination in actuality, Casper Ruud, Andrey Rublev, Stan Wawrinka, Francis Tiafoe, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz.
Among the greatest moments are saved for Rublev, who offers a glance backstage as he shoots a few of the sound bites he supposedly makes on court docket, together with grunting holding solely a frying pan and making a sneaker squeak on a tile.
Jenny Web page and Jamie Turner are launched because the writers of the present.
“Welcome everybody, as standard, you realize what we’re right here to do, principal storylines for the season,” Turner says in a gaggle brainstorming session.
“The place do you wish to begin?”
Turner specifically is wanting ahead to the brand new season.
“The beginning of any new season’s thrilling. Seeing our phrases come to life, it’s a … it’s an actual buzz,” he stated.
The ATP Tour even went to the lengths of making Instagram accounts for all the characters within the video.
The net response has been glorious, with Djokovic amongst these spruiking the genius promotion with a dig at his personal semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at this yr’s Australian Open, a event he has “gained” 10 instances.
“Glad to be a part of one other ‘ATP season’,” the world No. 1 wrote on X. “Wonderful group of actors, very proud to be a part of this solid.
“Usually the writers begin the season with my character Novak successful the Australian Open title. So, for anybody that doesn’t like the start of this season, please contact the director.”
US Open champion Coco Gauff is one other that loves the promotion.
“That is hilarious, omg,” she wrote on X utilizing a crying emoji. “Whoever got here up with the idea deserves a elevate!”