Watch Judy Murray live at Henley Literary Festival

Join this event from the comfort of your own home as Saga’s Lisa Edgar interviews Judy Murray about the highs and lows of the tennis world, and her recent novel.

She was once famous for being the UK’s most best known “tennis mum” but there is so much more to Judy Murray.  

A former international player and still a top coach, Murray, 64, has lived and breathed the tennis world, from all angles. And now, alongside “Strictly alumnus”, Murray can add “author” to her CV, as this year saw the publication of her first novel The Wild Card. On Sunday October 8 at 2pm, she joins Saga’s Lisa Edgar at Henley Literary Festival to talk about ambition, success and what her next chapter looks like. Watch below.  

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Earlier this year, Murray told Saga Magazine how her move into novel-writing came about: “Three years ago, Anton Du Beke, my Strictly dance partner, sent me his first novel set in the world of ballroom and suggested I write one set in the world of tennis.  

“That prompted me to write The Wild Card. The main character is a woman who put her promising tennis career on hold and finds herself back at Wimbledon many years later.”

Born in Stirlingshire in 1959, Judy Murray earned more than 60 tennis titles. After representing Great Britain at the 1981 World Student Games, Judy turned her focus to coaching her sons, Andy and Jamie, who both went on to be ranked number one in the world.  

But her life hasn’t been without tragedy. In 1996, Jamie and Andy were inside Dunblane Primary School when a mass shooting took place, killing 16 pupils. Judy and her family have since taken every opportunity to try to restore positivity to the town as it continues to struggle with the legacy of that shocking event. The Murray Tennis Centre, on the outskirts of Dunblane, is due to open in 2025. 

Throughout her career, Murray has also spoken out about sexism in the tennis coaching world and, in 2017, she was appointed OBE for services to tennis, women in sport and charity. 

Regarded as a British sporting inspiration, Judy Murray knows firsthand what it’s like to pursue success and survive pressure – both personally and as a family. As a nation, we’ve watched her cheer on her sons’ successes and hug them through their losses.  

In an interview with The Scotsman, she said: “I never saw obstacles as barriers that stopped you, I saw them as things that you had to find a way over or under or round because I’ve never let anyone stop me. I’m one of those people that if you tell me I can’t do something, I will go out of my way to prove you wrong, and that’s been the story of my life.” 

We hope you enjoy this enlightening conversation.  


Written by Saga Exceptional