Australian Open 'massive profile' for Scottish tennis - Judy Murray

Judy Murray
Judy Murray hails the exploits of Scots at the Australian Open

Judy Murray believes the success of her sons, Jamie and Andy, and wheelchair competitor Gordon Reid at the Australian Open will provide "massive, massive profile" for Scottish tennis.

"It was an incredible fortnight for Scottish players," said Judy Murray.

"I'm thrilled for Jamie and with the distractions Andy has in his life, he did incredibly well to get to a final."

Murray reserved particular admiration for Helensburgh native Reid and his exploits.

"I watched Gordon Reid beating the world number one in his first round match and it was one of the best matches I watched in the Australian Open," she told BBC Scotland.

"The skill level of those two players, the way they manoeuvred the chairs to and from the ball, the shot selection - it really was something to behold. It was spectacular and I'm delighted for him."

Gordon Reid
Gordon Reid lifted the wheelchair singles title

Andy Murray is due to become a father in the next two weeks, while his father-in-law, Nigel Sears, collapsed while watching Ana Ivanovic, whom he coaches, play Madison Keys in the first round of the ladies singles. He was later released from hospital.

"It's been very difficult; I think he showed enormous mental strength to get through the tournament," said Judy Murray.

"He has had a lot to deal with, and actually being able to part with the distractions and play your best tennis was difficult for him. I think he and (wife) Kim coped with it admirably."

Murray admitted that to defeat world number one Djokovic, who has now won six Australian Opens, would require a complete performance.

"You cant afford to be anything less than 100% physically and mentally against Novak," she said. "He is in incredible form, he's been dominant at the top of the game for a long, long time now and he is the problem all the other players have to solve.

"Andy's not the only one that's losing, the rest of the world is as well. He is an incredible athlete, an incredible competitor."

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