Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Queen of Andy's Court; Judy Murray Tells How She Keeps Her Son Calm and Focused

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Queen of Andy's Court; Judy Murray Tells How She Keeps Her Son Calm and Focused

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Byline: Jack Lefley and Shekhar Bhatia

AS Andy Murray prepared for today's Centre Court showdown his mother revealed how those closest to him help keep his quest for Wimbledon glory on track.

The Number three seed is hoping to become the first British man to reach the final since Henry "Bunny" Austin in 1938. And should he overcome American Andy Roddick to reach Sunday's men's final he would have a shot at becoming the first British man to take the title since Fred Perry in 1936.

But his mother told today how she and his girlfriend, Kim Sears, help keep his life as normal as possible as he concentrates on making history. Judy Murray has been living with the couple during the Championships and helping Sussex University student Kim, 21, attend to his every need.

She said: "We actually have a lot of family around -- his dad, his granny and grandpa, his uncles and aunts are all here -- but they're not staying in the house.

"The best thing for him is that being in the house he doesn't have to worry about anything.

"Between Kim and I we can cover everything, eating-wise, washing-wise and the rest of it."

She added: "You just keep on top of what needs to be done. He actually throws a lot of his stuff away to the crowd.

"I've said to him: 'Be careful with the match shirts, you've only got about six new ones left.'" His mother and girlfriend have been regulars in the player's box on Centre Court during his matches and the cameras have often focused on Judy as she gives her son vocal support.

She says she is more concerned with backing her son than how she appears to the millions watching at home.

She said: "I don't like talking when I watch matches. I like to just sit, which is why I always sit in the corner, so that there's nobody on one side of me.

"I have Kim on the other side, but she doesn't say much either. She's a very good supporter.

"She knows when is the right time to shout, when to stay quiet, when it's time to just do something reassuring or when it's time to shout 'Come on! …

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