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Date set for Andy Murray and Kim Sears wedding

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Image caption Murray and Sears have been a couple since 2005

Tennis star Andy Murray is to marry his fiancee Kim Sears on 11 April, it has been confirmed.

The wedding will take place at Murray's Cromlix House hotel, close to his home town of Dunblane in central Scotland.

The couple, who have been together for about 10 years, got engaged last November.

Murray, a former Wimbledon and US Open champion, bought Cromlix House for £1.8m in 2013. It has since undergone a major refurbishment programme.

The former country house has been converted into a 15-room luxury hotel, which has its own chapel and a restaurant overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux.

Best man

It was named Scottish hotel of the year last year, just weeks after reopening its doors to guests.

In 2010, Cromlix hosted the wedding between Murray's tennis-playing older brother, Jamie, and Alejandra Gutierrez, at which Andy acted as best man.

Last month, Jamie revealed he had not yet been asked to return the favour by taking on the role of best man at Andy's wedding.

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Image caption Murray bought Cromlix House two years ago
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Image caption Andy was best man at older brother Jamie's wedding at Cromlix in 2010
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Image caption Kim Sears wore a "Parental Advisory" T-shirt in the Australian Open final after being caught on camera swearing during the semi-final

Murray and Ms Sears, who are both 27, are understood to be planning a private wedding at Cromlix, with no magazine deals and only close friends and family present.

Murray tweeted on Friday morning: "This is not news", although it was not immediately clear whether he was referring to media reports of his wedding date.

The date of the wedding was confirmed just days after Murray lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open.

Murray joked during an on-court interview at the tournament that he might wear a kilt with no underwear at the wedding.

Ms Sears was caught on camera apparently swearing during her fiance's semi-final victory over Tomas Berdych, prompting comments on social media.

She laughed off the incident by wearing a "Parental Advisory - Explicit Content" T-shirt during the final.

Sussex-born Ms Sears, who is the daughter of former Lawn Tennis Association head of women's tennis Nigel Sears, met Murray at the US Open in 2005.

She was once described by future mother-in-law Judy Murray as "the best thing to happen to Andy".

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