Andy Murray’s wife Kim Sears gives birth to the couple’s fourth child

Andy Murray has joined Roger Federer in making a late withdrawal from next week’s ATP Tour event in Dubai after the birth of his fourth child.

The double Wimbledon champion and wife Kim have quickly built a large family, with the latest arrival putting on hold the next stage of his latest comeback.

The Murrays are now a gang of six, with their latest baby welcomed into the world to join Sophia, Edie and Teddy. Sophia is the eldest, having been born in February 2016.

Andy Murray and Kim Sears have welcomed their fourth child - the couple already have two daughters, Sophia and Edie, and a son, Teddy (Andy and Kim at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival)

Andy Murray and Kim Sears have welcomed their fourth child - the couple already have two daughters, Sophia and Edie, and a son, Teddy (Andy and Kim at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival)

Andy Murray and Kim Sears have welcomed their fourth child – the couple already have two daughters, Sophia and Edie, and a son, Teddy (Andy and Kim at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival)

Murray smiles playfully at his daughter alongside his wife at their mansion in Oxshott, as seen in his Amazon Prime documentary Resurfaced, released in November 2019

Murray smiles playfully at his daughter alongside his wife at their mansion in Oxshott, as seen in his Amazon Prime documentary Resurfaced, released in November 2019

Murray smiles playfully at his daughter alongside his wife at their mansion in Oxshott, as seen in his Amazon Prime documentary Resurfaced, released in November 2019

Murray allowed a rare glimpse of his family life at home with his children in the documentary

Murray allowed a rare glimpse of his family life at home with his children in the documentary

Murray allowed a rare glimpse of his family life at home with his children in the documentary

The Murrays didn’t confirm their previous pregnancy until a week before Kim was due, after she sparked speculation she was expecting when she arrived at Wimbledon in 2019 wearing a maternity-style polka dot top while supporting her husband in the mixed doubles. 

After gaining his first ATP Tour win of the year in Rotterdam last week – having been forced to miss the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid – the former world No 1 had intended to travel to Dubai.

However his management stated that, having been home for the new arrival, there would no longer be enough time for him to prepare properly.   

Murray and Kim, who started dating in 2005, have been married for nearly six years following their Dunblane wedding in April 2015. 

Murray gave a rare insight into his family life in at interview with The Times in October last year, explaining how he and Kim had coped during lockdown. 

‘At the time coronavirus started I was rehabbing, and I was actually fine missing tennis, because everybody else was missing it as well,’ he said. ‘I just got to spend lots of time with my family at home.

Murray poses with wife Kim at the premiere of his Amazon documentary in November, 2019

Murray poses with wife Kim at the premiere of his Amazon documentary in November, 2019

Murray poses with wife Kim at the premiere of his Amazon documentary in November, 2019

Kim Sears sparked speculation she was pregnant in 2019 when she arrived to watch her husband at Wimbledon in July wearing a polka dot maternity top

Kim Sears sparked speculation she was pregnant in 2019 when she arrived to watch her husband at Wimbledon in July wearing a polka dot maternity top

Kim Sears sparked speculation she was pregnant in 2019 when she arrived to watch her husband at Wimbledon in July wearing a polka dot maternity top

‘It can be difficult because the eldest are always wanting – and getting – your attention, whereas the youngest one is left fighting for it a little bit more.  

‘But he’s a lot more interested in the active stuff, so far. He’s always moving around, and gets motivated by balls all around him. He just wants to throw and chase balls the whole time, whereas the two girls were a little bit more mellow [at his age] – so it’s quite different.’

Despite keeping much of their private lives out of the spotlight, Murray allowed fans a rare glimpse of his family set-up in a documentary for Amazon Prime Video, titled Andy Murray: Resurfacing, released in November 2019 – shot before Teddy was born.

In it, Murray’s father Will says fatherhood and hip surgery have made his son mellower, while intimate footage shows Murray enjoying time at home with his daughters.

Sweet moments saw them comb his hair with a plastic brush, dance with them to hit childrens’ song Baby Shark, build a snowman with mum Kim, and ride a scooter around the grounds of their Surrey mansion. 

Following a win at the European Open in Antwerp in October 2019, Murray joked that his ever-expanding family was getting ‘out of control’.

The Murrays are now a gang of six, with their latest baby welcomed into the world to join Sophia, Edie and Teddy (Andy and Kim pictured at the 2016 Wimbledon Winners Ball)

The Murrays are now a gang of six, with their latest baby welcomed into the world to join Sophia, Edie and Teddy (Andy and Kim pictured at the 2016 Wimbledon Winners Ball)

The Murrays are now a gang of six, with their latest baby welcomed into the world to join Sophia, Edie and Teddy (Andy and Kim pictured at the 2016 Wimbledon Winners Ball) 

He spoke about taking paternity leave to help out at home following the birth, telling The Sunday Times: ‘We’ll be pretty busy with three children under the age of four.’

It is not the first time Sir Andy has faced a major tournament clashing with the birth of his child. 

In 2016, there was just a one-week gap between the Australian Open, where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic, and the birth of his first child, Sophia.

After gaining his first ATP Tour win of the year in Rotterdam last week – having been forced to miss the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid – the former world No 1 had intended to travel to Dubai.

However his management stated that, having been home for the new arrival, there would no longer be enough time for him to prepare properly.  

Murray still intends to travel to Florida to play in the Miami Open, which begins on March 22, providing he is given a wildcard. 

The Scot’s withdrawal is another blow to the Dubai event, after Federer pulled out late on Thursday night. After his second round defeat to Nikoloz Basilashvili the Swiss believes he needs more time on the practice court.

He will not play in Miami and now has to decide which clay court events he might take part in during the Spring, with the longer term goal to be optimum shape for the grass court season. 

Murray was last in action in Rotterdam last week but has pulled out of next week's Dubai event

Murray was last in action in Rotterdam last week but has pulled out of next week's Dubai event

Murray was last in action in Rotterdam last week but has pulled out of next week’s Dubai event 

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