Scottish tennis star Sir Andy Murray is set to become a new father for the third time after he confirmed that his wife Kim Sears is pregnant.
There had been speculation that Kim, 31, could be expecting a child when she was seen wearing a maternity-style top at Wimbledon in July while supporting Murray in the mixed doubles.
And speaking to The Times Murray admitted he had chosen to compete in Antwerp for the European Open, which takes place between October 14-20, rather than the Stockholm Open, which is held at the same time, because it would be easier to get home if Kim went into early labour.
“I would adjust my schedule if I couldn’t go to Antwerp,” Murray said. “My plan is to play Antwerp and then I am done through to the Davis Cup. If the baby came early, I would miss Antwerp and then maybe play at the Paris Masters.”
The couple already have two children named Sophia, three, and Edie, one, and there is a strong possibility Murray will take a break from tennis when the baby is born.
Murray most recently competed in the Shanghai Masters, where he was involved in an on-court spat with Fabio Fognini during his second round defeat.
He told the Italian to “shut up” after he had shouted before Murray put away a volley in the deciding set.
Murray’s aim is now to compete in the Australian Open in January after a turbulent year in which he considered retirement before undergoing career-saving hip surgery.
“I had two years of having lots of pain after every single match,” he said. “Now I play a match, the body hurts, I have some pain in my back, the muscles are tired and things like that, but my hip is fine and I couldn’t remember what that was like before.
“It has been hard but I expected it to be quite a bumpy road because it wasn’t something that has been done in tennis before.”