Andy Murray has confirmed that his wife Kim is expecting their third child in the coming days. He will be on high alert next week at Antwerp’s European Open in case he has to return to the UK in time for the birth.
The new arrival will join Murray’s two daughters, three-year-old Sophia and one-year-old Edie. He said that he had prioritised Antwerp next week over the rival ATP event in Stockholm because it leaves him with a faster return trip if necessary.
From there, he would take four weeks away from the tour before returning in time for the inaugural Davis Cup finals event in Madrid from Nov 18 to 25.
Speaking to the Times, Murray said “Obviously the baby can come any time from pretty much next week. I would adjust my schedule if I couldn’t go to Antwerp. My plan is to play Antwerp and then I am done through to the Davis Cup. If the baby came early, I would miss Antwerp and then maybe play at the Paris Masters [at the end of this month].”
Murray also suggested that he expected other sportspeople to follow his example by having a metal ball-and-socket joint implanted to solve hip trauma.
“I know having done this that you will see way more athletes having this operation and coming back to compete, because there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to," he said.
"There is no pain. The range of motion is the one thing that is a bit limited. I don’t know if there are some sports in which that is more important than tennis. But it is great.”