Murray takes pride in mum’s efforts
Originally published on: 08/03/12 16:34
It makes a change for Andy Murray to talk about his mother Judy’s tennis achievements, rather than vice versa, but the 24-year-old Scot is clearly proud of the work she is doing with Great Britain’s Fed Cup team. Britain won all four of their recent matches in Israel to set up a play-off next month against Sweden for a place in World Group II.
“My Mum’s done well and I hope they can get a win against Sweden,” Murray said. “It would be really good if they could get themselves in or around the World Group because I don’t think that’s happened in the women’s game since I’ve been alive. That would be a great achievement.”
Not that the youngest of the Murray clan is surprised at her success. “She’s always been a good coach,” he said. “She coached me and Jamie until we were 10 or 11. She always loved coaching kids, so she was obviously good at that. It was something she did for 15 or 20 years.
“A lot of people just want to keep working with kids. It’s a completely different type of coaching, working with kids. It’s very technical. You need a lot of patience, I think. She enjoyed that, but I think she might have been getting a bit tired of it, because it can be frustrating as well sometimes. It’s obviously harder to communicate and get to see kids improve things, but a lot of the players she’s worked with have done well.”
He added: “Obviously with the Fed Cup [team] doing well, I think all of the girls will have enjoyed it. Having a female coach doesn’t happen that often. A lot of the work was done in the last couple of years by the guys that were in there before – like Nigel Sears before he left – so they need to get some credit as well.”