Judy Murray on ‘warrior’ Andy’s comeback title win: ‘If he is well, he is capable of anything’

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Judy Murray has hailed her son Andy’s latest ATP Tour title as a “rebirth”, adding it was a “victory of perseverance and resilience”.

Nearly nine months after he underwent a career-saving hip operation, Murray returned to the title winners’ circle as he beat Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open in Antwerp.

It was an emotional moment for the former world No 1 as he had announced in January that Wimbledon 2019 is likely to be his last professional tournament.

After easing his way back into singles in August, he stepped it up in recent weeks and it all came together in Belgium as he won his first title since 2017.

Naturally mother Judy was delighted.

“If he is well, Andy is capable of anything,” she told Italian paper Gazzetta Dello Sport.

She added: “In a few days Andy and Kim’s third child should arrive.

“We’ll all go to London, great-grandmother included, to celebrate all the events at once. After all, it’s also a rebirth for Andy.”

Judy feels her son can now look forward to a “future without fear and pain”.

“How did I celebrate? I opened a bottle of champagne and toasted his health in front of the TV,” she said.

“Then I sent him a voice message to tell him how happy and proud I was of him.

“I told him that this trophy is worth a lot. Because it’s a victory of perseverance and resilience.

“Now he’s fine, he has a wonderful family, he can look to the future without fear and pain at last.

“But he is such a warrior on court that I knew he would not give up.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner revealed earlier this year that before the operation he could not do basic things like tie his shoe laces or put on socks without being in pain.

However, his recovery has been nothing short of remarkable.

“Seeing him suffer has broken my heart,” Judy said.

“The victory on the court is really a great joy but the greatest triumph was seeing him play without pain and walk without needing crutches.

“There were times when he couldn’t even put on his socks and tie his shoes. Playing tennis was the least of his problems.”

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