With the baby due at the start of the month, discussion had been rife throughout the early season about how that might affect Murray’s preparations for the new season starting in Australia, but he was always unshakable in his position that should Kim go into labour early, he would skip the rest of the Australian Open and fly straight home to be there for the birth.
Although his wife did not go into labour, as he made the final, only to lose in straight sets to World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, the tournament was not without its drama for the family as his father-in-law Nigel Sears, coach to Ana Ivanovic, collapsed during her match with Madison Keys, while Murray was on court during his third round match with Joao Sousa.
He admitted after the final that it was the closest he had been to leaving the tournament. Sears recovered in hospital and was released to fly home later that week.
Murray now joins Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, as fathers at the very top of the game. After his wedding last April, Murray went on to win his first two clay court titles, and Djokovic’s dominance at the top of the men’s game came shortly on the heels of the birth of his first child.
Congratulations have been coming in for the new family:
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