Andy Murray couldn’t be happier going into his first game at the 2017 Wimbledon as an expectant father, having reveled that his wife Kim Sears is pregnant with their second child.
The tennis star begins his campaign to retain the championship title as Brit No. 1 player when he squares up against his Russian opponent Alexander Bublik for the championship’s 131st edition.
While Murray is the defending champion in the Gentlemen’s singles, Serena Williams, a two-time defending Ladies’ singles champion, will miss the action in this year’s championship. She will not be available to defend her title, having announced an end to her season earlier in April due to pregnancy.
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It’ll be his Murray third attempt at lifting the SW19 trophy.
Kim and her husband are both 30 years old.
The famous tennis player started dating his wife Kim Sears, daughter of player-turned-coach Nigel Sears, in 2005. Their engagement was announced in 2014. They tied the knots in 2015 in his hometown Dunblane.
Murray has a 17-month-old daughter Sophia, who was born last year.
His agent confirmed the news of Kim’s pregnancy, according to a report from Daily Mail.
“We’re both obviously very happy and looking forward to it,” said the player who confirmed that their friends and family are all happy with the good news.
Speaking at an interview ahead of the competitions, the Brit said his excitement for the new member of his family will be an added boost to his performance, calming rumors that his recent hip problems would be a problem.
“No, I wouldn’t have thought so,” he said in response to the question.
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Murray skipped two of his warm-up matches last week, but assured fans that he’d be just fine to play at the tournament.
“It’s rare to find a player that is 100 per cent fit, but that’s the brutal reality of most elite sport,” he continued.
“It’s about managing your body and your training as best you can so that when the time comes you’re as ready as possible to perform at the highest level.
“Players going into a tournament with injuries and niggles is nothing new, and it happens frequently on the tour.
“The schedule is demanding and matches are often tough on the body, so it’s often about recovery and getting yourself ready for the next match.
“Over the years I have entered plenty of tournaments with less than ideal preparation, you just need to accept that will be the case sometimes and find a way.”
Image shows Andy Murray and wife Kim Sears during their wedding in 2015.
Murray is the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles. He achieved this feat at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games as a gold medalist.
He also became the the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, when he defeated arch-rival Novak Djokovic at the 2012 US Open.
The main draw matches for this year’s competition begins on 3 July 2017 and will end on 16 July 2017.