By Ros Satar
- Congratulations come in for British No. 1 and World No. 2 Andy Murray as he and his wife Kim announced the birth of their baby daughter
- Murray and Sears married last year
- Murray made the final of the Australian Open and will return to the tour in March
SURREY, UK – Andy and Kim Murray announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, believed to have been born on Sunday.
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With the baby due at the start of the month, discussion had been rife throughout the early season about how that might affect Murray’s preparations for the new season starting in Australia, but he was always unshakable in his position that should Kim go into labour early, he would skip the rest of the Australian Open and fly straight home to be there for the birth.
In his press-conference before the tournament, he said: “For me, my child is more important to me, and my wife is more important to me than a tennis match.”
Although his wife did not go into labour, as he made the final, only to lose in straight sets to World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, the tournament was not without its drama for the family as his father-in-law Nigel Sears, coach to Ana Ivanovic, collapsed during her match with Madison Keys, while Murray was on court during his third round match with Joao Sousa.
He admitted after the final that it was the closest he had been to leaving the tournament. Sears recovered in hospital and was released to fly home later that week.
Murray now joins Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, as fathers at the very top of the game. After his wedding last April, Murray went on to win his first two clay court titles, and Djokovic’s dominance at the top of the men’s game came shortly on the heels of the birth of his first child.
Congratulations have been coming in for the new family:
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) February 9, 2016
Kim and Andy Murray have had a baby girl -huge congrats @judmoo – great news for Fed Cup team 2036….🍼
— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) February 9, 2016
Congratulations Kim & @andy_murray on the birth of their baby daughter. Fantastic news
— Annabel Croft (@Annabel_Croft) February 9, 2016
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) February 9, 2016
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) February 9, 2016
Murray is next scheduled to play in Indian Wells at the beginning of March.
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