News release courtesy Philadelphia Freedoms
World-renowned tennis figure Judy Murray, a former Scottish international tennis player, British Fed Cup Captain and winner of 64 national titles, was today named Director of Player Personnel and Community Engagement for the Philadelphia Freedoms of World TeamTennis.
Judy Murray is the mother of Grand Slam Champions, Andy and Jamie Murray. Andy has won Olympic, US Open and Wimbledon Titles, and has been ranked No. 1 in the world. Jamie has won five Grand Slam Doubles (3 Mixed, 2 Men’s) Titles. She will oversee player recruitment and will represent the Freedoms at the WTT draft on Tuesday, March 12 at Indian Wells, CA.
“Judy brings a tremendous amount of expertise to our front office, and will work closely with our team and with General Manager Barbara Perry and her entire staff to provide additional depth and expertise for the Freedoms as we prepare for our 2019 season,” said team owner Billie Jean King.
In addition to her work with recruiting players, Murray is expected to host pre-match meet and greets with team partners, tennis clinics and other community outreach activities during the WTT season. Craig Kardon will return to coach the Freedoms for his 11th season with the team.
“We are so fortunate to have Judy join us,” added General Manager Barbara Perry. “She will be on hand at matches to meet with our sponsors, fans, and friends to offer insight, guidance and share her success stories at select matches.”
Committed to growing tennis, Murray developed several tennis initiatives, including Miss-Hits, a starter program for girls age 5 to 8, Tennis on the Road, which takes tennis into remote and deprived parts of Scotland, and, most recently, She Rallies, a program with the LTA, to encourage more women and girls into tennis across the UK. In June 2018,
Murray launched the Judy Murray Foundation with a simple mission to bring tennis into rural and disadvantaged areas in Scotland.
Murray became Scottish National Coach in 1995, the same year that she became the first woman to pass the Lawn Tennis Association’s Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish Development School program which ultimately produced four Davis Cup players and one Fed Cup player, including her Grand Slam winning sons. In 2011, Murray was appointed Captain of the British Fed Cup Team and used this role to grow the profile and numbers in women’s tennis across players and coaches.
She is also a Member of a government strategy group looking into issues surrounding the involvement of Women in Sport.
“I’m a huge fan of Billie Jean King and what she continues to do for tennis,” said Murray. “I share her belief in the power and importance of team tennis for engaging players and fans. I’m really excited to get involved with The Freedoms and looking forward to being part of the Philadelphia sports community.
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