Town rallies after Mrs Murray’s tweet

Judy Murray
Judy Murray

EASTBOURNE has smashed back an insult lobbed by Andy Murray’s mother, suggesting the town is sleepy and boring.

The tennis player’s mum, Judy Murray, pictured, posted the comments on social networking website Twitter ahead of the GB team’s second-round match against Luxembourg which is due to take place this summer.

On Sunday (March 6), after Britain defeated Tunisia, Mrs Murray tweeted, “Luxemburg bt Ireland 3-1 in Dublin so its a home tie in July. Hopefully not in Eazzzzztbourne. Been there done that.”

Mrs Murray is thought to be influential and many say she and her son share the same views.

However, her comments are in contrast to those made by Andy Murray following his tie with Israel’s Andy Ram at the 2006 Davis Cup.

Murray came back from two sets down against Ram at the Devonshire Park and said he really enjoyed playing in Eastbourne.

He said, “That was the best Davis Cup crowd I have ever played in front of.”

Numerous other tennis players have said Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park has a good atmosphere and the Lawns Tennis Association recently announced that the AEGON International Tennis Championships are secure in the town for the next three years.

Eastbourne Borough Council said it sees Mrs Murray’s tweet as a challenge and a ‘brilliant opportunity to tell everyone all about the best of Eastbourne’.

Cllr Neil Stanley, the council’s cabinet member for tourism, said, “Far from being a sleepy town, Eastbourne has a thriving events programme attracting an increasingly younger demographic and the tennis events at Devonshire Park are integral to this, attracting visitors from all over the world.

“We are excited that the LTA have just announced that the AEGON International Tennis Championships are secure in Eastbourne for the next three years reflecting their commitment to Eastbourne.

“This combined with the fact that many of the top seeded women players rate Devonshire Park as one of their favourite venues shows that the destination is a hit with players and visitors alike.”

Cllr Stanley said Eastbourne had much to offer and added, “Mrs Murray obviously hasn’t visited Eastbourne recently, and her recent tweet has given us a great excuse to shout about all that Eastbourne has to offer.”

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