Judy Murray: Positive, Outspoken, Making Her Voice Heard

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

It doesn’t take long for anyone to realize that Judy Murray is more than just the mother of Andy Murray, arguably Great Britain’s greatest tennis player, or his older brother, Jamie Murray, one of the world’s best doubles players. In the words of one British journalist, Judy Murray is “a top coach, player, motivator, mentor … but more than that, she’s a good sport.”

Judy Murray has become one of the most familiar faces of British sport, a positive and outspoken voice for gender equity, who has kept busy during the global pandemic. Whether through her Judy Murray Foundation or “Driving Force,” her new Sky Sports docuseries on female sports champions, she’s making her voice heard.

Driving Force came from the lack of opportunity I experienced as a young player,'” Murray told The Scotsman‘s Janet Christie. “‘I would have loved to have played at Wimbledon and been able to go on the circuit but we really had nothing back then. Nobody aspired to be a great player or a great coach because you couldn’t play tennis all year round.’

“But Judy Murray is someone who hears the word ‘no’ and does it anyway.

“‘I never saw obstacles as arbiters that stopped you, I saw them as things that you had to find a way over or under or round because I’ve never let anyone stop me. I’m one of those people that if you tell me I can’t do something, I will go out of my way to prove you wrong and that’s been the story of my life.'”

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Off-season – Ugo Humbert

On court, France’s Ugo Humbert enjoyed a breakout season in 2020. He won tournaments in Auckland and Antwerp and reached a career No. 30 at the end of the season. Off court, Humbert enjoys playing piano and guitar. Over the weekend, Humbert shared on his Instagram platform a video of him performing “Comptine d’un after èté” by Yann Tiersen.

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Off-season – Angelique Kerber

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What they’re writing

Reem Abulleil, tennis columnist for The National looks at multiple challenges facing pro tennis in 2021.

What they’re sharing on social media

Coco Gauff / Rockin’ the Doc Martens.

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Aryna Sabalenka / New ‘do.

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Grigor Dimitrov / Taking the scenic route.

Paula Badosa / Smell the sea and feel the sky.

Garbiñe Muguruza / Weekend is over.