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Murray wedding will lack sheen of glitterati

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Andy Murray and bride-to-be Kim Sears have opted against a star-studded bash for their wedding ceremony on Saturday.

The pair are due to tie the knot at Dunblane Cathedral this weekend but despite Murray's long list of famous connections, the British No.1 confirmed it will be a relatively small guest list.

"There won't be any celebrities as such," Murray told the Telegraph. "I don't have any celebrity friends so it wasn't something that was planned. [The list will be] Everyone who we're close to, people we've spent a lot of time with in the past but also people we see ourselves spending time with in the future.

"That's how we came up with the names. Pretty much everything is done now and under control. I'm sure a few things will come up next week but it's pretty much sorted."

Even the biggest names from the ATP tour, on which Murray spends most of his year, are missing out.

"Not invited. But I wish him all the best," said Novak Djokovic, Murray's old foe and world No.1, on Sunday night after his victory over the Scot in the Miami Open final.

Rafael Nadal, one of Murray's closest friends on the tennis tour, will be in Monte Carlo preparing for the switch to clay courts while Roger Federer won't be making an appearance in Dunblane either.

However, there will be a few tennis folk there. Tim Henman and doubles player Jules Rojer have both been invited, as have some of Murray's Davis Cup team-mates. "Tim will be there," Murray said. "And Jules Rojer; he lives in Miami so I spend quite a lot of time with him.

"James Ward is coming, and we invited Kyle Edmund but he can't make it because he's playing. Jamie Delgado will be there."

The newspaper also claims that Vallverdu, Murray's former coach and good friend, will be going despite recent differences concerning Vallverdu's involvement with Tomas Berdych - which most notably reached boiling point when Sears was caught mouthing apparent expletives on camera during their heated Australian Open semi-final.

As for the wedding preparations, Murray admitted he remained mostly in the background and let Sears take control.

"Kim's been pretty much doing it," said Murray, who also stated photographs would not be sold to any celebrity magazines - unlike Djokovic's wedding. "I've tried to help out when she has asked, but I haven't been over-involved. I did all the food and cake tasting which I really enjoyed, although I didn't think I was going to.

"It's a big day for Kim. Pretty much everything is taken care of now. She seems fairly relaxed but as we get closer that might change."

While the pair plan to honeymoon at the end of the tennis season, Murray will take a short break before returning to the tour.

"I'm going to go up to Scotland early and spend time with my family for a couple of days," Murray added. "I'm not going to hit any balls this week. Then on Wednesday or Thursday [after the ceremony] I'm going to Barcelona for a small training block."