The tennis world was shocked to learn of the passing of Shirley Erskine, grandmother of Andy Murray. Shirley played an important role in shaping Andy’s life, on and off the tennis court. Murray has achieved a great many things in his career, and he credits his grandmother for it. However, there was a time when she did not talk to Andy for months on end.
Shirley lived a full life. She was a remarkable woman, a pillar of strength, and a source of joy to her family. Andy often spoke fondly of his grandmother, who had unwavering faith in his abilities.
Erskine’s influence began early on when Andy was only a young boy. Shirley instilled in him the importance of discipline and determination, traits that are synonymous with Murray. She made sure never to miss his matches, something that continued even as Murray conquered Grand Slams.
Shirley shaped Andy into the person he is today. She also emphasized the importance of kindness and humility, which exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court.
Shirley Erskine passed away recently. Andy Murray missed her funeral as he was playing in the Davis Cup for Great Britain. He was emotional as he spoke of her passing, and then dedicated his victory to her. He walked back to his bench before breaking down into tears.