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Andy Murray’s gran ‘disappointed’ to miss out on doubles campaign

The Scot’s decision to team up with Serena Williams scuppered Shirley Erskine’s offer for a family double act.

Andy Murray (Adam Davy/PA)
Andy Murray (Adam Davy/PA)

Andy Murray’s grandmother is “disappointed” not to be pairing up with him in the mixed doubles competition at Wimbledon this year, according to his mother.

The Scot’s decision to team up with tennis superstar Serena Williams has been the talk of SW19 since it was announced late on Tuesday.

Serena Williams (Mike Egerton/PA)

Last month, as speculation swirled about who Andy might partner with, his mother Judy shared a heartwarming video of his grandmother offering her help.

In the short clip posted on Twitter, Shirley Erskine, posing with a tennis racket, said: “Right Andy, if you’re still looking for a mixed doubles partner you’ve got absolutely the right one here, no problem.”

Ms Murray said in the tweet: “Dear Andy, another mixed doubles offer for u + one that will difficult to turn down.

“She won’t be able to hear a word u say + speed off the mark will be non existent but she will bring shortbread for changeovers + promises to watch her trams.”

But in another tweet posted on Tuesday, she said: “Dear Andy, Your gran is so disappointed. But she concedes that Serena may just have the edge on her. Love from Mum x.”

Comedian and actress Miranda Hart responded to claims that her name had been in consideration as Murray’s partner.

She tweeted: “Andy must have really wrestled with the decision between gran, me (the two leading contenders) and then Serena Williams comes in to the mix. VERY difficult decision….”

Despite her disappointment, Ms Erskine will be sure to tune in and watch his first appearance with Williams on court.

Speaking at Wimbledon on Wednesday, Ms Murray said: “A week or so ago he had said to her, ‘Gran you need to dust off your wooden rackets out the garage, I need a mixed doubles partner’, so of course she goes out in the garden and we filmed the little fun clip and it was just priceless.

“She will be absolutely glued to the telly watching that.”



From Belfast Telegraph