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Andy Murray: I'd rather be a good dad than win every tennis match

Mirror Mirror 18/04/2016 By Mark McGivern

© Provided by Mirror Andy Murray has said he’d rather be a good dad than win tennis tournaments.

And the Dunblane superstar slapped down TV pundits who blamed baby Sophia for his slump in form.

He was stung by comments from “horrible” critics who suggested that caring for his newborn daughter was behind his surprise defeat last month at the Miami Open and the previous Indian Wells Masters tournament.

After his elimination from the tournament by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, former British No1 Annabel Croft , who is now a TV pundit, said: “I think generally he looked exhausted.”

But Andy hit back, saying: “‘I would rather be getting up in the middle of the night and helping her [Sophia] than winning every tennis match and her thinking when she grows up, ‘Actually, you know what, he was a s****y dad but he won a lot of tennis matches, so well done.’”

He added: “‘Becoming a parent is life-changing and if it helps my tennis, great. And if it doesn’t, that’s fine. That’s not a problem for me now. My priority is to be a good father first.

“Obviously, I still want to do well in my job. I still work hard and train hard but my priority is to be a good parent.

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“If my tennis goes down a little bit, that’s OK as well. I hope it doesn’t but it’s not the main priority. I’m very happy because I have just become a father.

“Normally, I’ve just had two bad tournaments and I’d be pretty gone about it. I’d be very down. I am still down about my tennis but I am just very happy with my life at home.”

Andy wasn’t aware of the criticism at the time of his Miami match but wife Kim told him later that Sophia’s arrival in February was being mentioned as one of the reasons he lost the clash.

The 28-year-old Scot responded, saying: “That’s actually a horrible thing to say about someone”

Andy also told of the bond he immediately forged with his newborn daughter as he held her in the hospital shortly after her birth.

He said: “‘I was holding her and that was when I started to get emotional. There was no one to help and I was responsible for her.

“The people were great in the hospital but I was really looking forward to getting home because it was something I had always wanted. I saw it as a big challenge. It was life-changing and challenging."

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