Andy Murray has opened up about his pain at being away from his family for an extended period of time, revealing he will miss two of his children’s birthdays this week due to acting commitments.
He is a three-time Grand Slam champion this week he plays at the Swiss Indoors in Baselbut I would much rather be at home with my young family.
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Murray and wife Kim Sears they have four children together, all under the age of four.
“This week my second oldest daughter and my son both have their birthdays and I don’t want to miss it because I want to be with them as much as possible,” he said in Basel.
“It’s very difficult for me. In the summer I was in the USA for example for five weeks. That’s too long for me.”
Murray said his oldest children are at an age where they are starting to realize he is gone.
“Our kids are now at an age where they realize I’m gone,” he said.
“I feel bad when I’m gone for a long time. It breaks my heart.”
The 35-year-old revealed that he will arrange his schedule next year and ensure that he will not be away from home for long.
“On the other hand, it’s my job. My wife, my family and I have talked about how I want to play next year because I don’t want that to happen again,” he said.
“It’s hard to balance that. I will do things that are not the best for tennis, but my first priority will also be my family.”
Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are rolling back the years
Murray and Stan Wawrinka rolled back the years in Switzerland, earning head-to-head victories in the opening round of the Swiss Indoors.
Wawrinka booked his place in the final with an impressive 6-4 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Casper Ruud, while Murray beat Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin in straight sets.
Wawrinka, 37, is now ranked 194th in the world but was supported by his home crowd to defeat the Norwegian, who was a finalist at the French and US Opens.
He will play American Brandon Nakashima in the round of 16.
Murray, in the hunt for the ranking points he needs to make the top 32 seeds for the Australian Open, cruised to a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 result.
It was the 35-year-old Scot’s 26th win on tour this year, his best return since 2016.
Murray, whose only previous appearance at the tournament came as a teenager in 2005, dug deep for more than two hours and 38 minutes, finishing with a flurry to win five straight games and take the final set 1-4.
“As the match went on, I started to dictate some more points and serve better,” said the former world No. 1, now 49.
“I changed the way I came back a little bit and when I did that I was able to create a few more opportunities and frustrate him.”
Murray next meets sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Serbian qualifier Lasl Djere 6-4 6-1.
If Wawrinka and Murray win their second-round matches, they will meet in the quarterfinals.
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