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Judy unfazed at not being by Andy’s side

JUDY Murray has not been losing any sleep over son Andy’s Australian Open progress as she prepares to lead Great Britain in the Fed Cup next week.

The world No 4 was rarely troubled by the challenge of Kei Nishikori, winning in straight sets in the early hours of yesterday.

Judy Murray has just returned from Australia, where as captain she had also been scouting the AEGON GB Fed Cup team members ahead of the BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 competition in Eilat, Israel from 1 to 4 February.

She feels everything is going as well as can be expected for her son, saying: “I was in Australia until Sunday – but did not get up at 3:30am today.”

Murray added in a news conference: “I am not always there. I went to all of the slams last year, but that was the first time I had done all four of them because Andy did not have a coach. This year he has a coach and his girlfriend with him, and I have my job to do. I just woke up and found he had won, with no stress.”

Britain will jet out to Israel today with a group headed by the long-serving Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha, who travel along with youngsters Heather Watson and Laura Robson.

“We have a great team, a very balanced team with experience and youth,” said Murray, who was appointed to her Lawn Tennis Association Role role in December with the aim of taking Britain up into World Group II when they clash with Holland, Portugal and Israel next month. “We have a reasonably favourable draw, have been analysing our opponents and that will be.”

 

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