Andy Murray opens up about time spent away from wife Things going on away from the court

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Andy Murray, 34, has revealed his wife Kim Murray, 33, plays a central role in ensuring he performs his best during tournaments, particularly after suffering a hip injury back in July 2019. The tennis pro admits there has been a number of times in the past where he felt like he “did not want” to carry on playing, but his dutiful spouse ensures he is able to stay motivated and gladly gives him space to focus on his training.

Speaking back in October 2019,  Andy shared: “There’s been a number of times in the last two years that I had stopped.

“I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’. But Kim, she was always trying to keep me going, and trying to help get me back on the court, stay motivated, and always happy for me to go and train and go away and stuff,” he added to Daily Mail.

The former Wimbledon champion divulged Kim is “very understanding” that he sometimes needs to solely focus on getting ready for tournaments and can’t let family drama get in the way.

He continued: “Through most of my career it’s been like that, just very understanding of everything that I’ve done, like going away for training blocks in Miami after a really long year and things like that.

“It might not seem like much but we don’t get to see each other all of the time and it does make a big difference when you don’t have that, like, drama in your personal life and lots of things going on away from the court.

“She has been brilliant like that, allowed me to pursue my career and been unbelievably supportive of me doing that, so I’ve been very lucky. 

“I think my family are just happy seeing me back on the court pain-free again. It’s been an amazing few months, really.”

Andy and Kim met as teenagers through tennis circles, reportedly at a party for the US Open. 

The 33-year-old’s father Nigel Sears is a coach and former head of women’s tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association.

In July 2013, Kim supported Andy when he triumphantly won Wimbledon and the couple married two years later in Dunblane.

They are proud parents to two daughters and a son – Sophia, five, Edie, three, and son Teddy, who turned one last October.

In March this year, they secretly welcomed their fourth child and as a result, Andy did not compete in Dubai’s ATP tour event.

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Kim usually keeps a low profile and largely stays out of the spotlight. 

The artist lives a quiet life with her family in Oxshott, Surrey and only occasionally features on her husband’s public Instagram account.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Andy admitted he enjoyed being able to spend more time with his family.

He told The Times: “At the time coronavirus started I was rehabbing, and I was actually fine missing tennis, because everybody else was missing it as well. I just got to spend lots of time with my family at home.”

However tonight Andy will take centre stage at Day One of the US Open as he plays a tough match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 23-year-old Greek is one of the favourites at Flushing Meadows with some star names forced to pull out of the tournament.

But he is not thinking further than his encounter with 2012 winner Murray, 34.

“I’m focusing on what’s next. This is way too deep to look into. Got to stay in the moment,” he told BBC.

“He’s still on,” Tsitsipas added.

“He’s someone that has been putting a lot of work in to get back and has been playing very good tennis to be standing where he’s at right now.

“I’m going to go for it, try my chances against him. He’s someone that won’t give up. I’ll have to bring some good tennis from my side.”

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