Andy Murray said he didn’t know about his mother’s sexual assault, revealing he was “angry and upset” when he learned of the incident.
Judy Murray revealed last month that she had been indecently assaulted by a drunk executive at an event eight years ago.
The former tennis coach wrote in The Sunday Post how a man she was sitting next to stuck his hand inside her pants making her “sick [her] stomach” and “disgust”.
Discussing his mother’s experience for the first time, Murray said his brother was already aware of the assault, but that he didn’t.
“My mom texted me at the time to let me know there was an article about it,” the two-time Wimbledon champion, 35, told Bloomberg.
“And yes, I was obviously very upset for her. I was really mad but I also didn’t know exactly what to say… obviously I texted my mom, called her the next day to talk to her to make sure she was okay,” he said.
The tennis player said this is “a familiar story for many women”, adding: “This type of behavior should not be tolerated anywhere”.
‘I feel for them that they are not able to compete’
In the interview ahead of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, the former world number one also addressed the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from games amid the war in Ukraine.
He said his sympathy is “first and foremost… with the people of Ukraine and what they’re going through”, although he said he “can appreciate” that the decision may seem unfair to some players unable to compete.
“In the grand scheme of things, whether some players can’t play in an event or not, and whether there are ranking points offered, in the grand scheme of things, it’s kind of irrelevant,” he said.
“Obviously I know some Russian players and I’m friends with them, and I feel for them that they are not capable of competing… that they have, and it’s very complex, but in the end, there’s a war going on.”
Murray said earlier this week that he intends to play Wimbledon next week but that he faces a race against time to prove his fitness as his abdominal injury continues to hamper his preparations.
He suffered the injury in the final of the Stuttgart Open just over a week ago and was forced to withdraw from Queen’s last Monday as a result.
In the interview with Emma Barnett, which was taped before her injury, Murray was asked, “Do you have to believe you can win again?”
Murray responded that this is “part of the motivation to still be competing” but said he knows it will be “an incredibly difficult thing to do”.
He said he still believes he has “great sneakers in [him],” adding, “I still believe, and I’m still working and training as hard as I can to try and achieve that goal.”
Murray also discussed Blackpool player Jake Daniels’ decision to come out publicly in May – becoming the first current male professional footballer in Britain to do so – saying it was “really positive” and shines a light on tennis. .
Responding to a question from Barnett, Murray said: “I think [it] It was really positive that he felt comfortable enough to come out, and from what I saw, most of the coverage was overwhelmingly positive about it in the media.”
He added that there were no male tennis players who came out as gay “while they were still playing”, but that some “left post-career”.
“So maybe we have to ask why this is the case and why they still don’t feel comfortable going out while they’re still active,” he said. “I hope it will be viewed positively by all players, and that was certainly the case on the female side.”