Andy Murray's family believe his daughter Sophia could be key to helping him winning Wimbledon for a second time. "I think she is his lucky charm," Andy's grandmother Ellen Murray told the Evening Standard this week. "And she's a beautiful one!"
On Monday, Andy reached his ninth Wimbledon quarter-final, beating Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios. Not that Ellen was able to watch. "I just can't. I turn on the TV, see that he's started and then I walk away," the 82-year-old admitted ahead of the match. "I'm just too nervous. Then I find out the score at the end. I hope Sophia can help him win it."
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Andy Murray's grandmother believes daughter Sophia is his 'lucky charm'
Little Sophia, who was born in February, made her debut at Wimbledon with her mother Kim Sears last week, on day two of the championships. Despite remaining in the crèche while Kim cheered Andy on courtside, she did prove to be a good luck charm for her dad as he faced Liam Broady in the first round match.
Andy himself has spoken about the positive impact fatherhood has had on him, and has said his baby girl has given him an extra incentive to excel.
Andy and wife Kim Sears welcomed little Sophia on 7 February
Speaking about his hopes of winning Wimbledon again, the 29-year-old told the Mail: "I guess it would be nice so she knows what it is that you've done, or is maybe old enough to understand what it is that you do. So maybe as I start to get older that might be more of a motivation to keep going and training, and working hard to stay at the top."
He continued: "Playing still feels the same. It's just the days don't feel the same when I get to see her because she is changing all the time. I'm learning new things, and every day is a bit more exciting."