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Judy Murray praises son's decision to appoint Mauresmo

Judy Murray has praised her son's decision to hire a female coach as she warned there were not enough young girls playing tennis.

Amelie Mauresmo (left) with Judy Murray at Wimbledon. Credit: Corinne Dubreuil/ABACA

On Andy Murray's decision to appoint former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, Judy said: "It certainly raised awareness and became a huge talking point.

"It definitely shows that if you have the skills, the knowledge and there is a personality fit, there is absolutely no reason why women can't coach at the top end of any sport."

The captain of Britain's Fed Cup side - the international team competition for women tennis stars - also revealed her fears about the lack of young girls playing tennis.

She said: "The things that are trendy for kids to play with nowadays tend to be sedentary things, you sit and twiddle your thumbs or you watch something on a wide screen and that is just a fact of life."

Murray: 'Crowds give me a big lift'

Andy Murray celebrating his win over Kevin Anderson. Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray has said the Wimbledon crowds 'give him a big lift' as he secured his place in this year's quarter finals.

Speaking after he sailed through three straight sets to beat South African Kevin Anderson he said: "I always try to concentrate when I'm on court. I don't worry about what's going on around me.

He added: "I just try to play tennis but when you're playing in front of a big crowd like that it gives you a big lift, it raises your intensity and makes it harder for your opponents as well in tight situations, so the crowd always help."

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Fans still out in force on Murray Mound despite rain

Heavy rain did not stop fans flocking to Murray Mound. Credit: PA

Heavy rain didn't stop Andy Murray fans flocking to watch his game against Kevin Anderson from Murray Mound.

Many huddled under umbrellas or donned ponchos to keep dry as Murray played his third set.

This fan raises a smile despite the showers as Murray wins his first two sets. Credit: PA

But at least these ladies managed to nab themselves a seat instead of sitting on the soggy grass.

Fans brace the rain to watch Murray at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

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Murray game continues but no sign of rain stopping

The rain shows no sign of slowing down at Wimbledon but spirits were not dampened as the Murray game continues into the second set.

Roof is closed on Centre Court due to rain

The roof on Centre Court had to be closed after rain halted Murray's match against Anderson during the second set.

Play is expected to resume shortly.

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