Andy wouldn’t let Scot­tish crowd down, says Judy

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ANDY MUR­RAY’S love of play­ing in front of a Scot­tish crowd meant there was no way he would miss his sold-out char­ity match with Roger Fed­erer de­spite his on­go­ing re­cov­ery from in­jury, his mum has said.

The three-time grand slam cham­pion an­nounced last week that he is likely to miss the rest of the ten­nis sea­son with a hip in­jury and is aim­ing for a re­turn in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary.

His sec­ond an­nual char­ity event, Andy Mur­ray Live, is be­ing held at the SSE Hy­dro in Glas­gow on Novem­ber 7 and the 30-yearold has said he is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part.

Ten­nis leg­end Fed­erer has agreed to make his first trip to Scot­land to take part in an ex­hi­bi­tion match at the event, which will also in­volve Jamie and Judy Mur­ray.

Speak­ing as she coached young­sters in Glas­gow, Judy said: “This a huge thing ob­vi­ously for Andy but it’s a huge thing for the whole fam­ily be­cause we’re all in­volved in our dif­fer­ent ways.

“We want to grow the game up here on the back of their suc­cess and we don’t have any ma­jor ten­nis events up here un­less we’re given a home Davis Cup tie, so last year the event was cre­ated for the first time to bring world class ten­nis to Scot­land and make it an an­nual thing.

“For the boys it’s that op­por­tu­nity to play in front of your home crowd in your home coun­try and you can never un­der­es­ti­mate how much that means to them. You could see that with the Davis Cup ties that came to Glas­gow, it’s a mas­sive thing to be play­ing in front of your own peo­ple.”

While Andy take time away from the court, his brother col­lected his fifth grand slam dou­bles ti­tle at the US Open.

Judy was de­lighted that Jamie was able to visit Dun­blane this week to cel­e­brate with fam­ily.

She said: “It was lovely for him to be able to come home and I put up the con­grat­u­la­tions ban­ners out­side the house – and in­side the house – so it was lovely.

“They’re both as driven as ever, they love what they do and al­ways have. I think that’s a throw­back to fall­ing in love with the game as lit­tle kids.

“I don’t see any rea­son why that should change.”

There was fur­ther good news for the fam­ily re­cently with the plan­ning ap­proval for the Park of Keir ten­nis de­vel­op­ment near Dun­blane, which Judy has pushed to build on Andy and Jamie’s suc­cess.

The coach hopes they will still be at the top of the game when the new cen­tre opens.

Judy is team­ing up with Jamie at the Novem­ber char­ity event to take on Andy and a com­pe­ti­tion win­ner.

En­trants have un­til Mon­day, Septem­ber 18 to up­load a ten­nis skills video to so­cial me­dia ac­counts of event spon­sor SSE for the chance to join the fam­ily in a match.

Judy Mur­ray coaches kids at John Paul Acad­emy Sec­ondary in Glas­gow

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