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Take one match at a time, Judy Murray advises son Andy ahead of Wimbledon

Published 27/06/2016

Judy Murray said son Andy
Judy Murray said son Andy "has got a strong team around him"

Andy Murray needs to keep his head down and produce his best form if he is to contend for the Wimbledon title, Judy Murray said.

The world number two's mother explained that the return of Ivan Lendl to the two-time Grand Slam winner's team provides the reassurance of having someone who has been there before.

Judy told the Press Association that Murray's experience of playing at Wimbledon over many years means he know what to expect.

She said: "I think the first time that Andy played at Wimbledon was in the juniors in 2002.

"So we are 14 years down the line in age. He is very experienced and knows exactly what to expect.

"He has got a strong team around him so the key is to keep your head down and just take one match at a time.

"It really is as simple as that and not to jump too far ahead and prepare as well as you can.

"If he produces his best form then he is obviously going to be one of the contenders."

Commenting on Lendl's return to Murray's box, she continued: "What is great about having an ex-player in your corner is that experience that they bring. And that understanding of what it feels like to compete in those biggest events.

"Just the kind of level-mindedness that you need to have to get through those events.

"So there is a reassurance and confidence of having someone in your corner who has been through it all before."

Asked how fatherhood may have impacted the top Brit's game, Judy said that while he was still working "as hard off court", Murray had become even more laid back when not playing.

Murray's older brother, Jamie, goes into the Championships ranked as the world's number one doubles player.

Judy said: "Jamie has had a great year and a half really. He made the doubles final at Wimbledon last year. He will be aiming to go one better this year."

She added that as a British player, the pressure is greater.

"And of course, as a British player, it's your home slam so there is always that added spotlight on you and extra pressure and potential extra distractions that come with being a home player. All eyes are on you."

The Fed Cup captain tipped Johanna Konta to be the best performing British woman at SW19, saying her top 16 spot gives her a good chance of success.

"I think Jo Konta probably represents our best chance in the women's draw. She is in the top 20 now. Being one of the higher seeds is an advantage because it means you avoid the top players in the early rounds."

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