London - British tennis star Andy Murray has become a father for the first
time after his wife Kim Sears gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, the
BBC reported on Tuesday.
Murray and Sears, who are both 28, got married in the world number two's home town of Dunblane in Scotland in April last year.
The Scot, who has won two Grand Slams in his career, reached the
final of the Australian Open last month but lost to Serbian world number
one Novak Djokovic.
He made a dash to the airport to fly home to his pregnant wife after his defeat on January 31.
Murray sent a message to Sears after the defeat to Djokovic, saying:
"You have been a legend the last two weeks, thank you so much for all of
"I'll be on the next flight home," he said.
During the tournament in Melbourne, Murray and Sears suffered a major
scare when her father Nigel, a tennis coach, collapsed courtside and
was taken to hospital.
The Lawn Tennis Association, the sport's governing body in Britain,
on Tuesday tweeted a picture of Murray and Sears on their wedding day
with the message: "Congratulations to @andy_murray & Kim Sears on
the birth of their baby girl!"
Murray last year reached the semi-finals of the French Open and
Wimbledon and steered Great Britain to its first Davis Cup title in
almost 80 years.
The Olympic gold medallist won the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013.