Interview with...

Judy Murray OBE is Scottish National tennis coach and the mother of professional tennis players Jamie and Andy, general all-round woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and realising ambition. As a parent, coach and leader she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British tennis.

Judy will be appearing at Fringe by The Sea on Sunday 5 August.

This is a very special opportunity to hear her talk about her extraordinary memoir, which gives the inside story on family, tennis and Strictly Come Dancing. Knowing the Score: My Family and Our Tennis Story by Judy Murray is out now in paperback (Vintage, £8.99)

Tell me something about yourself that not a lot of people know but you’re very good at?
I’m very good at Calligraphy my dad bought me a book on it and then the pens and I ended up doing placemats and cards for friends.

Do you keep in touch with your friends and do you have a nickname?
I don’t have a nickname but do keep in touch with six very good friends I’m catching up on lost time.

What projects are you currently working on?
I have quite a few things, I’m setting up my own foundation, The Judy Murray Foundation which is aimed at taking tennis into deprived and rural areas and building workforces within the local communities. I’m also working with the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) with an aim to get more girls into tennis and getting more women into delivering tennis so building a bigger female workforce. Finally, my tennis centre which is part of a multi-sport project based outside Dunblane that’s exciting and will give me a base to work from and share my years of coaching experience.

What is your favourite TV show?
Strictly Come Dancing, I really love the show and getting the chance to go on it was brilliant.

Tell me about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career?
In 2015 we had a Davis Cup semi-final in the west end of Glasgow, we played against Australia, on the Saturday of the semi-finals is the Doubles Rubber of the day. I was sitting in the crowd in the Emirates Stadium which had been transformed into a tennis court, there were about 8000 people in the crowd and the noise level and atmosphere was just incredible. I was sitting there watching this all going on and thinking when I started as the Scottish National coach in 1994, we had one indoor tennis centre, no major events, no publicity and no top players, it was very much a minor sport and then my third son, Leon Smith who was captain of the team and who I had mentored was leading the team out and of course playing the doubles that day were my kids. That whole day just took me back to how everything had started. I could never have imagined seeing a global tennis event in our back yard and a Scottish captain. All through my tennis days the competitions were tiny and what we have achieved, and the creation of that day was a result of things I had instigated.

If there was one thing you could change about yourself what would that be?
I would like to be a bit more patient, I can be quite impetuous. However, I’m working on it.

What is the best thing your parents taught you about life?
So many things, but sense of community: appreciate the people around you and bringing people together.

What is the first record you ever bought?
David Bowie – I’m a laughing Gnome.

If you could change something in the world today what would that be?
I would like to have many more women in key decision positions making a difference.

Describe your perfect Sunday?
Spent with the family walking the dogs, playing with my grandchildren, and having one of my mum’s Sunday lunches, that kind of day takes me back to my childhood.

The best day of my life to date is?
I’ve had so many incredible days it’s impossible to pick one.

What is your favourite food to eat?
My mum’s great shepherd’s pie followed by her Lemon meringue pie with double cream. TC
Published: June 2018