It’s grass court season and Liz and Michelle are excited for Wimbledon! In this episode, they are joined by tennis powerhouse Judy Murray to talk about her career reinvention as a fiction writer.
Judy, (mum to champions Sir Andy Murray and Jamie Murray) has built an incredible career around tennis coaching and reimagined herself countless times including competing on Strictly Come dancing with Anton du Beke, appearing on Masterchef and winning the Slingsby Golf Academy to compete in the Pro-Am at the PGA Tour.
Judy chats about women's safeguarding and inappropriate coach/student relationships in tennis, the future of Emma Radacanu, Judy's new golf hobby, the fantastic results of her non-surgical 'tweakment' and Liz & Michelle reminisce about playing tennis in the street growing up.
They discuss her new thriller The Wild Card and how it's never to late to chase your dreams.
Women in sports are always playing catch up, Judy felt like it was her duty to speak up for women and advocate for them in a world that is so often centred around the male perspectiveJudy never set out to become a tennis coach, she began working as support help at a club in her free time and the rest is history!Judy’s book The Wild Card has a great underlying message about the power within relationshipsThe pressure put on young tennis players is immense, Emma Raducanu has had a particularly difficult time through the media, receiving a lot of criticism when she is so young and had a lot of challengesThere is a lot of expectation on all tennis players, especially if they do well quickly. It’s not just about playing the game but everything that surrounds that including fitness, practice, training, sponsorship deals and moreA good infrastructure of support and means are essential in helping many sports people succeeJudy’s book isn’t based on a specific person or occurrence but tackles the theme of power imbalance in sports and how coaches need to be properly vetted and players supportedHaving to manage through difficult times often builds a special form of resilience and mental toughness that can help individuals achieve highlyJudy recently had a non-surgical facelift. It helped plump her skin up and improve the appearance of sun damage and agingBeing in the public eye, Judy has always been scrutinised much more than her male peers on her appearance.
“I can’t remember a summer I haven’t sat down and watched Wimbledon on TV”
“Most of the decision-makers in the tennis world are men”
“Tennis is a mental game, it’s about problem-solving within the game, understanding the psychological side of it, adjusting your tactics depending on whom you’re playing”
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