Wednesday 7 December 2016

Judy Murray to step back from tennis to focus on her grandchild

Published 08/02/2016 | 00:36

Judy Murray is looking forward to her first grandchild
Judy Murray is looking forward to her first grandchild

Judy Murray said she will be taking a step back from tennis to focus on her new grandchild.

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The Strictly Come Dancing star's tennis champion son Andy and his wife Kim Sears are expecting their first child this month and Murray said she will make the newborn a priority in her life after missing out on important family moments because of her coaching career.

The 56-year-old told Hello magazine: "I'm really looking forward to the new baby, my first grandchild.

"When it happens I shall be an active granny. My mum Shirley was very involved with Jamie and Andy when they were growing up and I hope to be the same with my grandchild."

Speaking of her decision to reduce her coaching commitments, she said: "As you get older, you realise that life is short and so I've decided that it's time for me to slow down.

"I've been away so much that I've missed out on family occasions and children, such as my 13-year-old nieces Elsa and Cora, growing up, and I'm actually looking forward to cutting back on my work and spending more time with my parents, and yes, the new baby."

Despite encouraging Andy's talents in the sport, she said she will leave teaching tennis to the new arrival to its father, currently ranked second in the world.

"Children can start playing tennis with mini racquets from the age of three but I don't think I could go through all that nurturing of talent again.

"It takes years of dedication and sacrifice, and now I just want to enjoy time with my family," she said.

:: Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now.

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