Judy Murray says it was great to Andy playing ‘pain-free’ at Queen’s
Judy Murray says son Andy went into ‘warrior mode’ to take home the doubles trophy at Queen’s – and could be back on court in the singles ‘within months’
- Judy Murray, 59, admitted she ‘absolutely’ didn’t expect Andy to win at Queen’s
- Mother-of-two said it was great to see son ‘playing, pain-free and without limp’
- Scottish tennis coach is also mother to world No. 8 doubles player Jamie Murray
Judy Murray said it was good to see son Andy get ‘back into warrior mode’ at Queen’s.
Speaking on Lorraine this morning, Judy, 59, admitted she hadn’t expected the tennis star to perform as well as he did because he ‘hadn’t played much’ recently.
But Andy, 32, who underwent hip surgery five months ago, stormed to victory at the grass court tournament, taking home the trophy with doubles partner Feliciano Lopez on Sunday.
Judy explained the win would have given her son a confidence boost and that he could be back to playing singles within a few months.
Judy Murray, pictured on Lorraine today, said it was great to see her son Andy get ‘straight back into warrior mode’ and playing ‘pain-free’ at Queen’s last weekend
The mother-of-two, 59, admitted she hadn’t expected much from her youngest son, pictured together, as he had only had ‘four or five practise sets in the week before’
‘He had four or five practise sets in the week before,’ Judy said. ‘So I don’t think anybody expected too much. It was just him dipping his toe into competing again.
‘But he went straight into warrior mode…and before you knew it, he had the flippin’ silverware.
‘It was great just to see him out there playing, pain-free and without the limp. He was loving it because you could be forgiven for thinking that would be the end of it.’
Andy and Feliciano won the title 7-6, 5-7, 10-5.
Asked whether she thinks Andy will ever play singles tennis again, Judy said: ‘You can’t put anything past him.
Judy also said it was Andy’s goal to get back to playing singles and he would have gotten a lot of confidence from the last week. The tennis player is pictured celebrating his win on Sunday
Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez, pictured together, won the Queen’s club doubles title on Sunday evening against Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury
‘If he puts his mind to something, he usually manages to make it happen.
‘It’s his goal to get back to playing singles and last week would have given him a lot of confidence. Fingers crossed, in a few months time, he might be ready to try that.’
Judy, who is also mum to tennis star Jamie Murray, 33, refused to say who she would support if both her sons ended up competing against each other at Wimbledon.
Rather than watching the match, she admitted: ‘I would go to the pub!’
Lorraine asked Judy, pictured together today, who she would support if both her sons Andy and Jamie ended up playing each other at Wimbledon but she said she’d ‘go to the pub’
Judy also said it was a ‘great thing to see’ her son get his Knighthood but lamented that the next generation are struggling to get into tennis because playing the sport professionally is too pricey.
She stressed: ‘We need the succession plan. You have to find the pathway that gets more people into the game.
‘There are too many gaps at the moment and it is too expensive for most families.’
When asked if Andy’s young daughters Sophia and Edie would follow in their father’s footsteps, Judy said: ‘Sport often goes through families.
Judy, pictured on Lorraine, said there needs to be a better way to get more children into tennis as playing the sport professionally can be ‘too pricey’ for some families
‘You get into it because your parents are into it. They are a little bit little at the moment and I am far more likely to teach them how to dance!’
Yesterday Andy lost 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round of the Nature Valley International doubles in Eastbourne with partner Brazilian Marcelo Melo.
The next time Andy will play will be alongside Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon, where he plans to practise this week, after taking two days off to rest.
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