London: Andy Murray warmed up for the start of his Queen’s Club title defence with an unlikely practice partner as he took to the court with David Beckham’s son Romeo.

Andy Murray (left) speaks with David Beckham’s son Romeo after the pair hit a few balls yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Murray arrived at Queen’s Club in west London over the weekend and the world number two found time to hit a few balls with Beckham’s offspring before getting down to the serious business of preparation for the grass-court campaign.

Former Man United and England star Beckham is a friend of Murray’s and has watched him play at Wimbledon on several occasions, so the Scot had no problem taking a break for a friendly session with 13-year-old Romeo. “I knew Andy was down here because I spoke to him earlier. But we were just coming down to see if there was any practice going on before the tournament starts. It was something that was a big plus for Romeo,” Beckham said on the Aegon Championships podcast.

“Romeo’s a member here now. So we came down to see a few of the guys practising and obviously it’s great for him. He was playing against me this morning! So it’s tougher now against Andy!”