Andy Murray and wife Kim welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter Sofia, two weeks ago. But we haven’t heard from Murray since, until now.
In an extended and eloquent interview with the Guardian published yesterday, Murray talked about his growing family.
“The thing that has surprised me most is how quickly everything changes – from the first day she was born,” Murray says of his daughter Sophia. “You don’t notice it when you’re there every day but you look back at a photo on the day she was born to one taken five days later to now, a few weeks on, and you see how much things change on a daily basis.”
Murray also admitted he doesn’t like leaving Sophia’s side, even for a minute.
“I really don’t want to miss seeing those changes,” he says. “Even when I’m away for a day I feel bad. I feel I should be there and I want to be there as much as I can. So when I’m leaving the house at eight in the morning and getting back at eight at night, I feel bad.”
Murray joins fellow Top 5ers Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka as fathers at the top of tennis. But while Djokovic, Federer and Wawrinka have enjoyed success, he doesn’t know if how it will turn out for him.
“For other players it hasn’t worked out as well. But [fatherhood] is a positive thing – and tennis not being your priority can help. It lends perspective when you have a bad loss or bad practice. The outcome of a match is not everything but I want my daughter to be proud of her dad when she grows up and sees what I did. I hope it works out in a positive way on the court but if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world.”
Murray returns to the court this weekend for the Davis Cup as Great Britain hosts Japan.
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