Saturday 1 October 2016

Andy Murray's wife Kim introduces their four-month-old daughter Sophia to the Grand Slam

Published 28/06/2016 | 21:48

Kim Murray arrives on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Kim Murray arrives on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Kim Murray arrives on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Kim Murray arrives on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire.
Kim Murray arrives on day two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Kim Murray makes her way to the players box on centre court on day Two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Kim Murray makes her way to the players box on centre court on day Two of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Andy Murray's wife Kim, arrived at Wimbledon today pushing a pram, introducing their four-month-old daughter Sophia to the Grand Slam.

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But the baby was not allowed on court to see her father play, and is believed to have either been in the company of a nanny, or at the on-site creche facility.

Babies in arms and children under five are not permitted on the show courts.

Andy Murray fans who queued overnight to watch him play were not disappointed when the world number two breezed past fellow Brit Liam Broady in his first round of Wimbledon.

Murray won the match in straight sets and less than two hours, just before the rain suspended play at the tournament for the first time in 2016.

Commenting on Sophia's presence at the tournament, Murray said: "I won't get to see her now, she will be in bed when I get back."

Asked if he tried to avoid her during big tournaments, he added: "No. I have as much contact with her as I can during the tournament. When I am playing it is obviously more difficult."

Murray explained that being a father had changed his perspective, but that he felt that way across all tournaments.

"She has come to a lot of tournaments now since she was born, coming to this one doesn't make Wimbledon feel any different to the other events."

He also weighed in on the attention some of the women's dresses have been attracting.

Murray said: "I have never had too many issues with the shortness of any of my shorts, or anything like that."

The Scot's supporters travelled far and wide to see him play.

Sue Callaghan, who has been camping out in the famous SW19 queue for four decades for the entire fortnight of the Slam, was dressed in a Union flag t-shirt, a flag around her waist and a red white and blue jester's hat.

She said: "Murray is my favourite. I just like him. He is doing so well for us. He is the only one who has, no-one else has done as much for us.

"Look what he has done, it couldn't get any better."

Also sporting patriotic attire were friends Joan MacGillivary, 62, and Jean McClean, 73, both from Inverness.

Ms MacGillivary had "Murraynators on tour" emblazoned across her top and was wearing a hat with little tennis balls and Murray's name on it.

She said she was "quietly confident" about his chances this year.

With her nails painted with the Scottish and Union flags, Ms MacGillivary said of Murray: "He is a lovely, lovely guy."

Wet weather hit Wimbledon for the first time in 2016 late on Tuesday afternoon causing many matches to be postponed including that of Brit Heather Watson, who was due to take on Annika Beck, and the roof on centre court to be closed.

The top ranked British woman, Johanna Konta, had her match rained off after just 37 minutes of play.

Britain's Tara Moore won her first ever grand slam match as she beat Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck to reach the Wimbledon second round.

Wednesday will see Monday's surprise winner, Marcus Willis, take on Roger Federer.

Ahead of the game his mother hailed her son as the Jamie Vardy of tennis, saying she hopes he inspires other players never to give up.

Willis, ranked 772nd in the world, beat world number 54 Ricardas Berankis on Monday booking his second round clash with the Swiss.

Willis' mother Cathy said: "I always told him 'I think you can do it' and now he's a bit older he's got the break he needed - he's like the Jamie Vardy of tennis, isn't he?

"He certainly likes a party."

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