Judy Murray’s reign as Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain is set to come to an end. Murray has reportedly informed the Lawn Tennis Association that she is stepping down from her duties to make more time for her family.
The arrival of her grandaughter Sophia Olivia Murray is believed to have played a significant part in her decision. At 56, Murray will continue to run her Tennis On The Road scheme, which is designed to help grassroots tennis in Scotland. But her trip to Israel with the Fed Cup squad in February now turns out to have been her last.
Murray was appointed to the position in 2011, enjoying success thanks to the late Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, before Heather Watson and Johanna Konta.
Twice Murray helped get them out of the Europe/Africa Zone and into play-off matches to join the World Group level, but on both occasions they could not win away matches against Argentina and Sweden.
Her son Andy, meanwhile, suffered a shock exit at the hands of Federico Delbonis in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. The world No2, who helped Great Britain to a Davis Cup win over Japan last week, lost a third-set tie-break to bow out at Indian Wells. The Scot, playing in his first singles tournament since his Australian Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic, dropped the first set 6-4. He had to dig deep at 4-4 in the second and a couple of trademark drop volleys secured the set 6-4. Murray then broke Delbonis in the third game of the decider, only for the world No53 to break back in the seventh. Delbonis won a marathon 11th game to take a 6-5 lead, but Murray broke straight back to force the tie-break. However, the Argentinian went on to the biggest win of his career when he took the tie-break 7-3. Delbonis will play either Gael Monfils of France or Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the fourth round.
There was better news for Konta is through to the last 16 with a straight-sets victory over Denisa Allertova.
Konta, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, secured a routine 6-4, 6-1 win over the Czech.
The 28-year-old British No1, world ranked 26, broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set and never looked back.
She will now face another Czech, Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-0. Guardian sport
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