Judy Mur­ray: I can’t wear vest tops … my arms are too wob­bly

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Faye White Show­busi­ness Reporter

SHE ap­peared con­fi­dent in her body when she slipped into slinky out­fits for Strictly Come Danc­ing four years ago.

But Judy Mur­ray has re­vealed she be­came self-con­scious when she re­alised she had be­gun to de­velop ‘bingo wings’ – wob­bly flesh on the backs of the up­per arms that af­flicts most women of a cer­tain age.

The 58-year-old mother of ten­nis stars Andy and Jamie Mur­ray said she was hor­ri­fied when she saw how her arms wob­bled in TV footage of her clap­ping for her sons at the Wimbledon cham­pi­onships.

Mrs Mur­ray said she has had to ac­cept be­ing fo­cused on by the cam­eras since Andy started on his path to fame and glory as an 18-year-old at SW19.

‘For me I came into the spot­light at Wimbledon 2005,’ she said. ‘And I was sort of picked out by as­so­ci­a­tion, be­ing in the

‘Ev­ery­thing wob­bles in slow mo­tion’

player box. The cam­eras and the com­men­ta­tors need some­thing to talk about.

‘They find you, you’re new, you’re an un­usual dy­namic, you’re a mother of sons, which is quite un­usual in a top sport. And you’re picked out in a way you wouldn’t be in any other sport.’

Down the years, she re­alised that the cov­er­age did not al­ways show her in a flat­ter­ing light. ‘I dis­cov­ered things like the high­lights at Wimbledon, I would be [shown] clap­ping … in slow mo­tion,’ she said.

‘I’m not ex­actly big but ev­ery­thing wob­bles in slow mo­tion, es­pe­cially if you’re wear­ing a vest top.

‘So I come out for the next match and I’m do­ing the sea lion thing. And I’m go­ing, “I’m never wear­ing a vest top ever in my life again”.’ These days, how­ever, Mrs Mur­ray will some­times still wear sleeve­less tops and dresses at tour­na­ments – but is more care­ful how she ap­plauds.

‘You’re just learn­ing by mis­takes. No­body pre­pares you for it, no­body holds your hand and says, “This is likely to hap­pen”,’ she told an event in Lon­don to pro­mote the pa­per­back edi­tion of her me­moir Knowing The Score. The for­mer ten­nis coach re­vealed that she taught her sons the ba­sics of the sport with bal­loons and through im­promptu games on the kitchen ta­ble with a ping-pong ball.

It clearly worked – Andy, 31, has won three men’s sin­gles Grand Slams, in­clud­ing two Wimbledon ti­tles, while Jamie, 32, has won five Grand Slam dou­bles ti­tles.

Self-con­scious: Judy Mur­ray keeps her arms down as she ap­plauds son Andy at last year’s Wimbledon

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