Andy Murray will challenge at Wimbledon next year – and has already passed the tennis bug onto his young daughter.
Murray ‘s encouraging 2022 season is now over after a dip in form resulted in early exits at the Swiss Indoors and the Paris Masters. The three-time Grand Slam champion’s latest campaign may have ended in frustrating fashion, but there were reasons to be satisfied after he reached finals in Sydney and Stuttgart, as well as climbing back into the top 50 of the ATP world rankings.
The 35-year-old is now having a reflective period in the off-season as he spends time back home with his family. But he has vowed to work even harder ahead of an action-packed 2023 schedule as he aims to put himself in a position to compete with the best once again.
Andy Murray and wife Kim met at the US Open in 2005 and the Brit has credited his childhood sweetheart for being a constant support during his storied career. “My wife is the kindest, for continuing to allow me to follow my dream and play tennis,” Murray told Hello Magazine.
Kim, daughter of tennis coach Nigel Slater, also shares a love of tennis and its unsurprising that the couple have already been introducing their children to the sport.
The couple share four children in total – Sophia, six, Edie, four, Teddie, three and a girl who was born in March 2021. And Murray has revealed his eldest daughter is enjoying having racquet in hand. “A little bit – my eldest daughter is enjoying playing now and the others are getting into it, although the youngest two are still a bit small to hit a ball yet,” he added, when asked his children are playing.
Andy Murray is building a rigorous schedule for 2023 as he plans to make waves across all three surfaces. The Brit has confirmed he will enter Wimbledon when the grass court season arrives following his return on clay. And he has full focus set on being in his best shape possible for 2023 after becoming ‘downbeat’ over the fitness troubles that have affected his performance levels.
“Yes, that’s the plan,” Murray said when asked about playing Wimbledon. “For now, I’m still focussed on playing tennis and winning matches,” he said. “I’ve been pleased with my progress this year, but there are definitely some areas to improve on.
“I’ll be doing a training block in December so we’ll be hoping to identify some of those areas and work on them, so hopefully I can get some more wins under my belt next year.”