That’s my boy! Judy’s praise and tears for ‘in­spir­ing’ son

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Liam Ross

SHE has been by Sir Andy Mur­ray’s side through all of her su­per­star son’s ten­nis highs and lows.

So it came as no sur­prise yes­ter­day when Judy Mur­ray told of hav­ing a ‘hard week’ after the two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion an­nounced his im­pend­ing re­tire­ment.

Mrs Mur­ray re­vealed she was ‘in­cred­i­bly sad’ his ca­reer has come to a pre­ma­ture end due to in­jury but said she was ‘hugely proud’ of the 31-year-old’s many in­spir­ing achieve­ments.

Sir Andy, from Dun­blane, Perthshire, broke down in tears on Fri­day as he ad­mit­ted that this week’s Aus­tralian Open could be the last tour­na­ment of his ca­reer.

The Olympic gold medal­list had surgery a year ago for a se­ri­ous hip in­jury but said he was in such un­bear­able pain that he might not be able to stick to his ini­tial plan to keep play­ing un­til after Wim­ble­don.

And yes­ter­day, in a Sun­day news­pa­per, his mother wrote: ‘I’m in­cred­i­bly sad to see Andy an­nounce the end of his ten­nis ca­reer.

‘Who would have thought a wee boy from Dun­blane would ever win Wim­ble­don and cre­ate ten­nis his­tory?

‘It’s been very tough to watch what Andy has been go­ing through over the past 18 months. Try­ing to re­gain his fit­ness after surgery and get back on tour has been a huge chal­lenge.

‘He’s been in pain for a long time and though he’s been work­ing hard to re­cover, I know how frus­trat­ing it has been for him.

‘As a par­ent, all you can do is try to un­der­stand what your chil­dren are go­ing through so you can help in what­ever way is nec­es­sary. But it’s tough to see your kids in con­stant pain.

‘It’s so im­por­tant to have your fam­ily and old­est friends around to give you unconditional sup­port and we will con­tinue to be there for him.’

Mrs Mur­ray coached the for­mer world num­ber one and his dou­bles cham­pion brother Jamie, 32, dur­ing their early play­ing days. She now hopes the coun­try can build on Sir Andy’s legacy when it comes to ten­nis.

She said: ‘I’m hugely proud of what Andy has achieved... his com­mit­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism are sec­ond to none.

‘I’m sure he will con­tinue to have a huge im­pact on the world of ten­nis. He has in­spired so many – young and old – to watch and play and I will con­tinue to hope the pow­ers that be will find a way to cap­i­talise on his last­ing ten­nis legacy in Scot­land and help to make us a fit­ter, health­ier and more am­bi­tious na­tion.’

Sir Andy’s grand­mother re­vealed she was des­per­ate to give her grand­son a ‘cud­dle’.

Ellen Mur­ray, 85, said: ‘Watch­ing him on the telly, if he starts cry­ing I just want to give him a cud­dle. An­drew is very emo­tional, a bit soft-hearted.

‘I didn’t know An­drew was go­ing to re­tire. It has been a great ca­reer and I have been so proud of him but his health comes first.’

She also told how much Sir Andy val­ues fam­ily, say­ing the three-time Grand Slam win­ner rushed home to Scot­land from the US Open in 2016 so he could be by her hus­band Gor­don’s side when he died.

She said: ‘An­drew, God love him, was there at his bed­side hold­ing his hand all the time.’

Sir Andy was back on the court on Satur­day prac­tis­ing ahead of his first-round clash to­day with Roberto Bautista Agut.

Fel­low play­ers have been busy pay­ing trib­ute to the star.

Roger Fed­erer, a 20-time Grand Slam win­ner, said: ‘I was dis­ap­pointed and sad, a lit­tle bit shocked, to know now we’re go­ing to lose him at some point.

‘It’s a tough one but down the road he can look back and be in­cred­i­bly proud.’

Aus­tralian player Nick Kyr­gios said Sir Andy was like a ‘brother’, adding: ‘This was never the way you wanted to go out but, hey, it was a heck of a ride.’

‘Con­stant pain’: Sir Andy holds his hip while prac­tis­ing on Satur­day

Sup­port: Sir Andy with mother Judy on Fri­day

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