‘That sort of behaviour shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere’: Andy Murray admits he was ‘really upset and pretty angry’ after learning mother Judy was sexually assaulted eight years ago… as tennis star laments ‘a familiar story for a lot of women’
- Judy Murray said a drunken man put his hands down her trousers in 2014
- The incident left the now 62-year-old ‘sick to my stomach’ and ‘disgusted’
- Andy Murray revealed to Bloomberg that it was the first time he had heard of it
- The British tennis star however revealed that old brother Jamie already knew
Andy Murray has revealed he was ‘angry and upset’ upon learning for the first time last month that his mother was sexually assaulted in 2014.
Judy Murray, 62, said last month in an interview with the Sunday Post that a drunken man had put his hands down her trousers eight years ago at a function, which left her ‘sick to my stomach’ and ‘disgusted’.
Speaking for the first time about the incident, Andy revealed that it was the first time he had heard of it, and that older brother Jamie already knew.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the two-time Wimbledon champion said that such incidents were ‘a familiar story for a lot of women’.
He said: ‘My mum did message me at the time to let me know that there was an article coming out about it, and I was really upset for her.
‘I was pretty angry, but also I didn’t know quite exactly what to say. I messaged my mum, I called her the following day to talk to her to make sure that she was OK. That sort of behaviour shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere.’
Murray, 35, is expected to win his fitness battle with an abdominal muscle problem to play at Wimbledon next week, and believes he can add to his triumphs from 2013 and 2016.
Andy Murray was ‘angry and upset’ upon learning his mother was sexually assaulted in 2014
Judy Murray (left) said a drunken man had put his hands down her trousers eight years ago
Andy revealed it was the first time he had heard of it, and older brother Jamie (L) already knew
‘That’s part of the motivation to still be out there competing,’ he said.
‘I know, obviously, that’s going to be an unbelievably difficult thing to do, but I do still believe that I’ve got great tennis in me.
‘I know it’s going to be even harder to win Wimbledon than it was five, six years ago. But I still believe, and I’m still working and training as hard as I can to try and achieve that goal.’
Murray missed Queen’s as a result of his latest injury but is set to be one of the dangerous unseeded ‘floaters’ at Wimbledon when the draw is made this morning.
Murray is expected to win his fitness battle with an abdominal muscle problem to play at Wimbledon
He will not have to face any Russians or Belarusians after they were controversially banned from the tournament in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and he said that their omission is understandable.
‘Whether some tennis players are not able to play in an event or not, and whether there’s ranking points on offer, in the grand scheme of things, is kind of irrelevant,’ he said.
‘I know a few of the Russian players and I’m friends with them, and I feel for them that they’re not able to compete. I can appreciate that may seem unfair to them, but I can see Wimbledon’s side. It’s very complex, but at the end of it, there’s a war going on.’
The former British No 1 also believes he can add to his triumphs from 2013 and 2016