Andy Murray has revealed he was “angry and upset” after finding out his mother, Judy, was sexually assaulted at a function eight years ago.
Judy wrote in The Sunday Post last month about how she had been indecently assaulted by a drunken executive, who put his hand down her trousers.
Murray condemns behaviour
Speaking to Bloomberg about his mother’s assault, Murray stressed: “My mum did message me at the time to let me know that there was an article coming out about it.
“And yeah, I was obviously really upset for her. I was pretty angry, but also I didn’t know quite exactly what to say… obviously, I messaged my mum, I called her the following day to talk to her to make sure that she was okay.”
He added that this is “a familiar story for a lot of women” and that this “sort of behaviour shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere.”
Murray addresses Russian player ban
This year, Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Addressing this decision, Murray emphasised that his thoughts are with the people in Ukraine “first and foremost,” but that he can understand why people consider the All England Club’s decision unfair.
“In the grand scheme of things, 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.
“Obviously, I know quite 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 also see Wimbledon’s side, and their point of view and the perspective that they have, and it’s very complex, but at the end of it, there’s a war going on.”
Can Murray win Wimbledon?
Murray’s fitness had been improving all year and looked to have peaked recently when he reached the final of the Stuttgart Open.
Fans were quietly optimistic that the two-time Wimbledon champion may just be able to string together a deep run in a major competition for the first time in five years.
But the Brit sustained an injury in Stuggart against Matteo Berrettini and subsequently withdrew from Queens.
While he is expected to compete at Wimbledon still, it’s unclear at this stage what physical condition he’ll be in.