JUDY Murray’s famously passionate support for her son seems to be deafening his coach.
She tweeted yesterday that Ivan Lendl had requested ear plugs following Andy Murray’s exciting second round, straight sets victory against 6’ 10” Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
She told her followers on Twitter yesterday: “Mr Lendl has asked me to bring him ear plugs if I’m sitting behind him next match. Too good.”
Judy is famous for her enthusiastic, court-side backing of her son, even leading some commentators to suggest it could be the reason for his failure so far to reach a Grand Slam final.
But it seems that Ivan Lendl is in for considerably more earache after Rafael Nadal crashed out of the tournament, losing in five sets to world number 100 Lukas Rodol.
It means that if Murray makes the semi-final he will not have to face his rival.
Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer has come out and backed the Scot to reach the semi-finals again, and perhaps go on to win it.
He said: “I predict him to get there. Home-court advantage, playing on grass, with his talent and his game, everything’s right there for him. It’s up to him to make it happen. I guess you always need a little bit of luck along the way.
“Every year, I’m very excited to see him play and get out there on Centre Court most likely every time and battle it out.
“I haven’t played Andy a whole lot the last couple of years. Obviously being ranked three and four for a while now, we haven’t seen each other that often in the draws. I hope he does well.”
Former tennis pro Boris Becker had previously criticised the intense backing of Judy, suggesting that her presence on courtis hindering Andy’s “full on-court potential”.
Murray will now go on to the third rounds of Wimbledon and will face either Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis who statistically plays better on hard court or 21-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.