Home advantage leads Judy Murray to back Naomi Broady in Aegon Manchester Trophy
The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury recently received a special visitor in Judy Murray.
Judy, mother of world’s men’s number 1 tennis player Andy Murray, stopped by ahead of the start of the Aegon Manchester Trophy.
The women’s Wimbledon warm-up tournament will run from Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 June. Stockport’s Naomi Brady is in the tournament including international and British tennis stars.
Following a visit to the now tennis-themed West Didsbury Metrolink stop next to The Northern, backed Broady.
Murray commented that home court advantage could prove useful for local favourite Broady.
“It’s always a big buzz when you can play in front of a home crowd. The Northern is one of the few venues in the North that has enough grass courts to host a major women’s event. So, I’m sure the crowd will get behind Naomi.
Also, her game is perfectly suited to grass; she’s 6’2”, she has one of the biggest serves in the women’s game. She likes to come forward and she has a big wing-span because she’s so tall.
So, she’s very difficult to get the ball past at the net. So hopefully she can rise to the occasion and give the locals lots to shout about”.
Broady to follow in footsteps of Sampras and Andy
Former Fed Cup Captain Murray was impressed with preparations for the tournament with the grass-courts looking pristine in Manchester. She noted changes since her last visit in 2003 when Andy won his first professional grass-court match at the club.
Neville Hewer, Chairman of The Northern was delighted to welcome Murray to the club. He delved through the archives to confirm Judy’s memory of her previous visit:
“Andy got to the quarter-finals in our grass-court Challenger event in 2003, his first tournament on the Challenger circuit. Just like Pete Sampras won his first grass-court tournament at The Northern, Andy started his grass-court success at the The Northern.
As well as promoting the Aegon Manchester Trophy, Murray was also in Manchester to run her ‘She Rallies’ programme. The programme is to create more opportunities for women and girls in tennis. The Northern hosted a Lil’ Miss Hits session for primary school children with their mums. This was before the action moved to Fletcher Moss Gardens.
She Rallies sessions will be run on Thursday 15 June at the Aegon Manchester Trophy.