London: A wise man once said that the problem with British tennis is that Judy Murray did not have more children.
It is a valid point, but at least the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) is now harnessing Murray’s expertise through her role as Britain’s Fed Cup captain.
Whispers from inside Roehampton suggest that the LTA was interested in going further, and appointing her to the vacant role of chief executive, only to find that she did not fancy a desk job.
In the meantime, her son Andy hinted on Monday that he might consider engaging Judy formally as his coach once his powers start to wane.
“Maybe when I start to come to the end of my career, it might be something that would be nice to do,” Murray said. “I know that tactically she’s very good. She scouts a lot of matches and likes to watch videos of other players.
“Basically my mum coached me and my brother until 11, 12 years old. Then I worked with Leon (Smith, now the LTA’s head of men’s tennis) for a long time. But she still helped. Probably up until I was about 17 or 18, she always took an interest in who I was working with and what I was working on.”
“My tennis was more about finding ways to make it difficult for my opponent rather than blasting them off the court,” Judy said a couple of years ago.