Judy Mur­ray’s fear of be­ing cast as ‘pushy’ stopped 2013 em­brace

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Si­mon Briggs Ten­nis Pod­cast The Tele­graph Sport,

Judy Mur­ray has re­vealed how years of crit­i­cal com­ments pre­vented her from step­ping for­ward to con­grat­u­late her son Andy when he won his first Wim­ble­don ti­tle in 2013.

Af­ter over­com­ing No­vak Djokovic, Andy Mur­ray climbed up to­wards the player box to em­brace his wife and mem­bers of his team. But he did not see his mum, who was sit­ting a few rows back, and turned back only af­ter fans shouted.

Judy Mur­ray was Great Bri­tain’s Fed Cup cap­tain at the time, so her ex­per­tise as a coach was not in doubt. But her gen­der led to her be­ing stereo­typed as a “Tiger mum” when a fa­ther would have been ac­cepted more read­ily. Dur­ing an in­ter­view with

co-host Cather­ine

Whi­taker, which is recorded in part­ner­ship with

Judy Mur­ray said: “I moved out of the box, I had been so un­com­fort­able dur­ing the semi-fi­nal with peo­ple clap­ping for some­body else.

“Then he wins and starts to climb up to cel­e­brate with ev­ery­body, and be­cause I had moved back, he doesn’t see me in the player box. He doesn’t know where I am.

“The rea­son I didn’t [step for­ward] was be­cause of the years of be­ing crit­i­cised for be­ing a pushy mum, over­bear­ing – all of this that I had to put up with from the me­dia for years. I thought I can’t go down there, be­cause I’ll just get it again.”

One of the most prom­i­nent voices of crit­i­cism had been Boris

Becker, who had said af­ter Andy Mur­ray’s loss to No­vak Djokovic in the 2011 Aus­tralian Open fi­nal that he should “ditch” his mother. In a re­cent BBC in­ter­view, Judy Mur­ray re­vealed that she had not gone out for three days af­ter that com­ment, and had never been able to for­give Becker.

Judy Mur­ray said: “I be­came more con­fi­dent to speak out af­ter

Andy won. [The peo­ple who crit­i­cised] didn’t know me, didn’t know the jour­ney we had been on, don’t un­der­stand how much in an in­di­vid­ual sport the par­ent has to make ev­ery­thing hap­pen for the child.”

Mean­while, the Progress Tour Women’s Cham­pi­onships be­gin at the Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre in Roe­hamp­ton to­day.

The for­mat is sim­i­lar to that of last month’s all-male Schroders Bat­tle of the Brits, only on a larger scale, with four groups of four sin­gles play­ers and two groups of four dou­bles part­ner­ships.

The late with­drawal yes­ter­day of Heather Wat­son (foot) and Har­riet Dart (groin) leaves Katie Boul­ter as the tour­na­ment favourite.

Crown­ing mo­ment: Judy Mur­ray holds the Wim­ble­don tro­phy along­side her son Andy af­ter he over­came No­vak Djokovic in 2013

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