A trailblazer in women’s tennis Judy Murray is the mother of legendary British player Andy Murray and his brother Jamie. A regular on the side of the court as Andy marched his way to three Grand Slam wins, Judy has become popular among fans for her dedication to the game that has seen her speak out on sexism and pave the way for the next generation of female players and coaches. She has also become an inspirational virtual speaker using her personal experiences to discuss topics including women in sport and peak performance. In recent years Judy has also become a popular television personality competing on Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity MasterChef.
Before her son’s success, Judy was a successful tennis player in her own right winning 64 junior and senior competitions in Scotland before briefly turning professional. Instead of pursuing a pro career she went to university in Edinburgh and went on to represent Great Britain at the World Student Games in Romania. Her sons soon showed they also had inherited their mother’s tennis prowess, and from a young age, Judy began coaching the pair. Andy went on to win Wimbledon twice, the US Open, and an Olympic gold medal while Jamie has seen similar success in the doubles game.
Judy has also coached several other players as well as captained Britain’s Fed Cup team in 2011. Judy has also become something of an activist in the women’s game having directly experienced sexism in tennis over the years. Her work in this area saw her honoured with an OBE in 2017. As a virtual speaker, Judy shares these experiences with her audiences outlining the progress the sport has seen so far, while still highlighting what needs to be done to truly achieve equality.
As Andy’s success grew Judy also gained more traction in the public eye and on top of her television appearances can be regularly found working as a virtual speaker giving impassioned speeches on a whole host of issues.