The wife of Andy Murray, Kim Sears, gave birth to their first child in the early hours of Sunday morning and reports suggest that the family are doing well.
An official report from the BBC confirmed the news.
Murray’s Grandmother Shirley Erskine was “delighted” to hear the news and said the couple did not know that they had given birth to a girl. Erskine found out about the birth via text at her home in Dunblane, Scotland. She was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying:
“It seems a long time that we’ve been waiting for this but all’s well now as far as I know. I don’t have any details I just know that I’ve got a great granddaughter so that is just lovely.”
Murray and Sears tied the knot on April 2015 in their home town of Dunblane. They announced their pregnancy earlier in the summer.
Murray’s mother Judy Murray tweeted a series of photos that expressed happiness at the news of the baby girl.
In her first tweet she said “Dunblane baby love……..xxx” with a picture of Andy’s mail box in Dunblane which was covered with a pink ribbon.
The mail box was painted gold when Andy won the gold at the London Olympics.
She later posted a picture which said “Tennis family. #Cute” with a picture of two large tennis balls and a tiny one representing the new born.
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) February 9, 2016
Andy had made it clear during the Australian Open in January that he would fly home if there was an unexpected delivery and mentioned that his family will always be his first “priority.’ He reached the final in the Australian open, only losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.
“My child is more important to me, and my wife is more important to me, than a tennis match,” he had said.
Many sports personalities, politicians and tennis fans around the globe congratulated the pair on twitter throughout the night.
Murray who is the double grand slam winner and the world number two at the moment, has won BBC Sports Personality Of The Year twice.