Judy Murray has been awarded an OBE for services to tennis, women in sport and charity.
The 57-year-old, best known publicly as the mother of Andy and Jamie, has worked tirelessly to grow the sport of tennis in Britain. Murray’s passion is getting more women and girls involved in tennis and sport in general.
In 2014 she launched Miss-Hits, a fun way of introducing tennis to young girls, and the programme is expanding around the world. Murray also heads up the Lawn Tennis Association’s She Rallies initiative to boast the female coaching workforce, while her Tennis on the Road programme teaches the sport in deprived areas across Scotland.
A one-time aspiring professional player, Murray began to coach seriously when her sons took up the sport.
She went on to become the head coach for Scotland, helping develop players like Elena Baltacha, Colin Fleming and Jamie Baker along with Andy and Jamie, as well as mentoring Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.
Murray’s most high-profile role in high-performance tennis was as Great Britain Fed Cup captain, which she held from 2011 until 2016.
But grass-roots is what inspires her and a determination to capitalise on the success of Andy and Jamie by building a legacy for Scotland.
Murray is behind a project to build a tennis and golf facility at Park of Keir near her home town of Dunblane, although so far it has not been granted planning permission.
Murray joins her sons in receiving honours, with Andy made a knight in the New Year honours while Jamie also has an OBE.