Judy Murray thanks fans for baby messages - and celebrates first 'Gorgeous Grandma Day'

Gemma Strong

Judy Murray is wholeheartedly embracing her brand new role as a grandmother. The 56-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday to thank fans for their well-wishes following the birth of Andy Murray and Kim Sears' baby girl on Sunday morning, and to celebrate her very first 'Gorgeous Grandma Day'.

"Thank you for all the baby messages. Thrilled to bits. Love from Granny x," Judy wrote in her first messages to her followers. She then posted a fun cartoon which read: "Today is National Gorgeous Grandma Day! Here's a smile for all you crazy grandmas." The tennis coach captioned the image: "Signing up for this. Natch #GorgeousGrandmaDay."

Judy Murray has taken to Twitter to celebrate her first 'Gorgeous Grandma Day'

Andy and Kim's little girl is Judy's first grandchild, and speaking to HELLO! ahead of the birth, the former Strictly star said she will make the baby a big priority in her life.

"I shall be an active granny," she revealed. "My mum Shirley was very involved with Jamie and Andy when they were growing up and I hope to be the same with my grandchild.

The 56-year-old thanked fans for their messages

"As you get older, you realise that life is short and so I've decided that it's time for me to slow down. I've been away so much that I’ve missed out on family occasions and children, such as my 13-year-old nieces Elsa and Cora, growing up, and I'm actually looking forward to cutting back on my work and spending more time with my parents, and yes, the new baby."

Fans are still waiting to hear what Andy and Kim have named their baby daughter. But the tennis star's two grandmothers have revealed some details about the new arrival.

The newborn baby is Judy's first grandchild

"Andy phoned yesterday and said 'congratulations, you're a great granny'," paternal grandma Ellen Murray, 82, told BBC Scotland from her home in North Lanarkshire. "He told me the baby was 8lb 10oz when she was born. It's wonderful news. We watched him in the Australian Open final and I think he just wanted to come home."

"I don't really know about her name yet but I hope we'll see them all soon," she added. "I'll be looking forward to a cuddle."

Andy Murray and Kim Sears welcomed their baby girl on Sunday 7 February

Judy's mum Shirley Erskine, meanwhile, revealed that the couple didn't know what gender the baby was going to be ahead of the birth. "Andy and Kim said from the outset that they didn't want to know, so I'm assuming that they didn't know and of course none of us knew, so it was nice to get a little surprise like that."

"I am absolutely delighted, as you can imagine," she added. "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."

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