Judy was in sparkling form at SporTedd’s latest dinner
Judy Murray, OBE, the mother of two of of Britain’s greatest ever tennis players was the star of a big Sunday night fundraising supper for SporTedd at The Wharf restaurant in Teddington.
She answered questions about her own early career during which she won 64 tennis titles despite NO indoor courts in Scotland and the strong competitive spirit between Andy and Jamie.
She also had the audience in stitches as she recalled her time in Strictly Come Dancing with her partner and now close friend Anton du Bec, who, she revealed, encouraged her to write her first novel The Wild Card.
The CEO of women’s Premiership Rugby Belinda Moore joined Judy as they spoke of their passion and the massive growth of participation of women in sport.
Judy even revealed that she would be in favour of reducing the number of sets at Grand Slams played by men from five to three because of the extreme levels of training required and the change would also allow them to compete in doubles and mixed doubles.
As ever the evening had its trademark raffle with an Andy Murray signed shirt won by David Hogben who was the ‘last man standing’ after Judy hosted an impromptu quiz asking the audience questions about Andy and Jamie including ‘Who had a pet hamster called Whisky?’ and ‘Who has the biggest feet?’
Other raffle prizes included tickets for Ham Polo, a six bottle case of wine donated by Peter Lunzer, copies of Judy’s books which she signed for the winners and two big boxes of Walkers crisps.
The evening raised just under £3000 towards SporTedd’s target of raising over £100.000 this year for local sport-themed projects.
The Judy event will be followed very closely by an evening with top rugby union referee Wayne Barnes and former England rugby hero Rob Andrew on Wednesday February 21st at The Wharf.
You can read all about SporTedd at www.sportedd.co.uk and join as a member for just £100 a year or if you are involved in a local sports club or school which needs financial support you can apply here.