Andy Murray shared an adorable moment with his mum Judy after lifting his first title in more than three years at the Open du Pays d’Aix. The former world No 1 also made ATP Challenger Tour history, setting a new record for the most time elapsing between winning titles at that level with 17 years and nine months.
Murray’s mum was in France to watch the 35-year-old make history by lifting the trophy in Aix-en-Provence. As well as breaking the record for time between Challenger titles, it marked the Brit’s first title since 2019 and his first on the clay in six years.
The world No 52 came from a set down to defeat top seed Tommy Paul 2-6 6-1 6-2 in an impressive comeback, earning his third top 20 win of the season. After the match, he went to the side of the court and was embraced by Judy, who gave him a kiss on the cheek.
Judy was also joined by Mark Hilton – the popular British tennis coach who has been travelling with Murray for most of the season. The former world No 1 took a wildcard into Aix-en-Provence in a bid to earn some wins on the dirt after starting the clay swing 0-2.
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And he did just that, winning five matches in a row to end the week as the champion. After the match, Murray admitted he had experienced a tough year-and-a-half but took a boost from his triumph in France.
“This last year, 18 months has been a bit of struggle with my game,” he confessed. “But [my team] have been there supporting me and working with me to try and get better. We keep going from here.”
The fifth seed also thanked the fans in Aix-en-Provence, telling them they were “the most important part of the week.” He added: “The atmosphere from the very first match right to the end was incredible.
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“It’s so important for these tournaments to have the support of the local community and you guys came out even before the tournament started. [During] the practice sessions, you were out here watching and supporting. It means a lot to the players, but it’s so important to this event as well.”
Less than a month ago, Murray questioned whether he would even play the French Open and the rest of the clay swing after defeat to Alex de Minaur in Monte Carlo – branding it one of the worst losses of his career. Despite another early exit in Madrid, the Brit is up and running on the dirt and will be one to watch at next week’s Rome Masters. He will also re-enter the top 50 at No 42 in the world – his highest ranking since 2018.
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