Judy Murray is Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray‘s mother. However, you are wrong if you think that’s all you need to know about her. The 60-year-old is a former tennis player, a renowned tennis coach and also a reality TV star!
As a tennis player, Judy won 64 junior and senior titles in her career. She also joined the professional tour briefly. Unfortunately, she could not make it big in the major leagues despite being quick and a good reader of the game and its nuances.
However, Judy became successful as a tennis coach. She trained both of her sons Andy and Jamie who went on to become multi time grand slam winners. In addition to this, she has coached numerous British players, working for the ITA.
Judy Murray took over as the captain of Great Britain in the Federation Cup in 2011. She resigned from her position last year. Judy is set to be awarded the UK coaching lifetime achievement award at a ceremony in London.
However, most of the popularity that Judy has, is owed to her TV appearances. Some might argue that these have helped her build her brand seperately from her popular son. This has helped her in being recognized as way more than just Andy Murray’s mother.
Judy Murray’s most famous TV appearance was as a contestant in the 12th series of British reality show Strictly Come Dancing in 2014. She was eliminated in the eighth week.
She has also appeared as a guest judge on The Great British Menu as contestants made three spectacular Wimbledon themed courses.
More recently, she appeared on the first episode of All Round to Mrs Brown’s on BBC One alongside the likes of Pamela Anderson and Louis Walsh.
It seems like tennis runs in the family when it comes to the Murrays. It will also not be wrong to say that the Murray brothers’ success on the court is a result of the hard work put in by Judy behind the scenes and as a vocal supporter on the sidelines during their matches.