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.
“That was for you, Gran” ❤️
— LTA (@the_LTA) September 15, 2023
Andy had a very special relationship with his grandmother Shirley. He will look back on their time together fondly, even the time when she did not speak to him.
Why did Shirley not speak with Andy Murray?
The Scot revealed that there was a time she did not speak to him for 3 months. Why, you might ask. It is because Andy swore on the tennis court.
During a question and answer session at the Cincinnati Open in 2019, Murray recalled this incident. His mother, Judy Murray, and grandmother had traveled to the Czech Republic with him for a tournament when it happened.
“I swore during my match and my gran didn’t speak to me for about three months. I remember it really well because I love my gran. When she didn’t speak to me, I was gutted but I still swear on the court,” said Murray (via Daily Mail).
He further added that he still got into trouble with Shirley for misbehaving on the tennis court. Despite his grandmother’s reproach, Murray still swears anytime he plays. Andy Murray dearly loved his grandmother, and he will cherish their memories forever.