“His Mum Has Raised an Incredible Man”: Ashleigh Barty Praises Andy Murray for Contribution to WTA

Published 08/21/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Once upon a time, Andy Murray was right up there with the best. He is still competing at a very high level; yet, he was one of the best, if not the best in his prime. There was a stage when the ‘big-three’ was actually the ‘big-four’. Nonetheless, Murray’s efforts for tennis on and off the court can never be forgotten. He is undoubtedly a global ambassador for the sport.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 01: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning during his Men’s Singles first round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The British champion has undergone so many trying times in his career. He has fallen prey to multiple injury concerns with his body. In spite of so many adversities, the former World No.1 has carved out an absolutely glittering career for himself. Winning 3 Grand Slams and 2 Olympic gold medals, he has engraved his name in the history books. So many people have been inspired by Glasgow’s warrior, the biggest of them all being the women’s World No.1 Ashleigh Barty.

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Barty compliments the all-round greatness of Andy Murray

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 23: Ashleigh Barty of Australia speaks during media day prior to the the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 23, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that both Murray and Barty have tremendous respect for each other. In fact, the duo were close to playing mixed doubles at the 2019 Wimbledon, before the Australian declined due to a tight schedule. Regardless, she has always been in awe of the Brit. In a recent interview at the Western and Southern Open, she detailed the impact that Murray has had on the game.

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“My compliment is for Andy Murray. He is an incredible champion. I think the adversity that he’s gone through in his career, the way that he’s fought for us as WTA players; his mum has raised an incredible man. I hope that he can hold on, be healthy and win a few more big match yet,” hoped the defending Wimbledon champion.

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It is safe to say that Andy Murray deserves every bit of credit that he gets. He is a true fighter, a trailblazer, and embodies what sport is all about. His efforts to do his best for the sport make him a testament to greatness. As Ashleigh Barty said, his mother has undoubtedly raised an absolute gem of a person!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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