Andy Murray Sacrifices Sleep For Baby Girl
1 March 2016, 13:22
New father Andy Murray has revealed his baby daughter is making it easier for him to get up early.
The tennis ace said he used to struggle getting out of bed but he now relishes early starts so he can spend time with Sophia Olivia.
He told a radio show he "always wanted to start a family''.
He said: "It's something I've been looking forward to for a long time so I'm sure it's going to have a lot of positive effects on my life.
"For me, the first time I was left alone with her was when it really sinks in, it hits you that this is a huge responsibility, but during every day now I really look forward to going home to see her.
"Waking up is a lot easier now - I used to love sleeping in later but getting up early and getting to see her in the morning is great.
"I'm sure it's going to change things for the good in my life and I'll just try my best to be a good dad.''
The world number two was back on the practice court last week and is getting ready to represent Great Britain in next week's Davis Cup clash with Japan.
The game will mark his return to a match court for the first time since losing his fifth Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic. Immediately after that defeat, he paid an emotional tribute to his wife Kim before rushing to catch the first flight home for the birth of his daughter.
The top four players in the world are now fathers and Djokovic has credited the birth of his son Stefan as one factor behind his success.
But Murray remained characteristically reticent about whether he thinks his daughter, who was born on February 7, will change his game.
He said: "I think obviously priorities change significantly. Even at the Australian Open before the baby was born my priority was to be at home for the birth of the child and to be there for Kim. It's around then when you realised that your priorities are changing.
"I haven't played a competition so I don't know how I'm going to feel the next time I'm on a match court, but I always wanted to start a family.''