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Tennis star Andy Murray and his wife Kim Sears have announced the birth of their first child.  Kim gave birth to a baby girl who arrived on Sunday morning.

The tennis star’s agent confirmed the news saying: “Andy and Kim had a daughter in the early hours of Sunday morning and the family are doing well.”

Shirley Erskine, Andy Murray’s grandmother said she was delighted at her great granddaughter’s arrival.  

“I am absolutely delighted, as you can imagine. It seems a long time that we’ve been waiting for this but all’s well now as far as I know.  I don’t have any details I just know that I’ve got a great granddaughter so that is just lovely.  All I could think of after Andy had finished playing his final [in the Australian Open] was ‘Oh good, at least he’ll get home now’.

Andy’s mother Judy tweeted a picture of tennis balls and a dummy, with the caption “Tennis family #cute”.

Image source: Instagram/judymurray
Image source: Instagram/judymurray

In the run-up to last month’s Australian Open, Murray, said his family would be a “priority”.

The world number two made it clear that he would have cut short his first grand slam of the year and fly home if the baby had arrived earlier than expected.

He said: “My child is more important to me, and my wife is more important to me, than a tennis match.  “It’s a big change for me and my wife, but that’s the current priority and I’ll see after that.  I have no idea how that will change things. I still love tennis.”

She said Andy then apologised as he realised she had not received the first message as she had an old phone.

“We didn’t know what the baby’s sex was going to be. Andy and Kim said from the outset that they didn’t want to know.”

Following news of the birth, sports personalities and politicians tweeted their congratulations, along with hundreds of members of the public.

Sports broadcaster Gabby Logan said: “Kim and Andy Murray have had a baby girl -huge congrats.”

Presenter Annabel Croft, a former British number one tennis star, wrote: “Congratulations Kim & @andy-murray on the birth of their baby daughter. Fantastic news.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Lovely news. Congratulations to @andy_murray and Kim on the birth of their daughter. Wishing every happiness.”

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tweeted: “It’s a girl! Huge congratulations to Kim Sears and @andy_murray on their wonderful news.”

Kim’s pregnancy was confirmed publicly in August after they had told family and friends the news, following the 12-week scan.  The couple were married in Murray’s home town of Dunblane last April after meeting as teenagers on the tennis circuit.

Murray, the British number one and a double grand slam winner, has been crowned BBC Sports Personality Of The Year twice.

 

Image source: Getty Images

 

  • yeah gotta love baby news! always good to hear

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  • All the very best to the new family.

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  • great news – cannot wait to hear the name they choose

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  • Great news for them both. They’ve had a tough start to the year, so it’s fantastic that everything has gone well.

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  • Congratulations to them on the safe arrival of their daughter. that’s wonderful news

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  • Congrats to this couple ! Children are such a blessing, good to hear family is Andy’s priority.

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  • Congratulations to Andy and Kim on the birth of their daughter.

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  • Congrats to the happy couple.

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  • Congratulations! This little girl will surely bring a lot of happiness into their lives!!

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  • I am glad Andy sees his family as a priority. So many sports people put their careers first, leaving the new Mother without the supports she needs and deserves

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  • Congratulations to the new family.

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  • Congratulations to Andy and Kim on the arrival of their baby girl.

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  • Congratulations to Andy and his family!

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  • Congratulations to the family. Good to see his family is more import than tennis. Family should always be priority

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  • Congrats to Andy and family and the arrival of a baby girl.

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