Judy Murray

Week 126 (12 - 18 March 2016)

 Judy Murray may have announced that she is stepping down as captain of Great Britain's Fed Cup team this week, but this will not stop the mother of British number one Andy Murray being any less influential in her pursuit of raising the profile of women's tennis and women's sport in general.

Her five years as captain of the British Fed Cup team have helped communicate the incredible amount of talent, commitment and drive women have to offer tennis both on and off the court, and there is great hope for the future with the rise of Johanna Konta, Naomi Broady and Katie Swan. Indeed, Murray was looking forward as she announced her resignation on Monday, calling for changes that would maximise the competition's potential and reignite a passion for women's tennis.

"The Fed Cup should be leading the way in promoting and showcasing competitive women's team tennis at all levels and in all countries. Things have got to change. Everyone can see the buzz created around the home ties and team tennis at all stages of the Davis Cup. Fed Cup should be afforded a similar format," Murray said.

Murray has clearly maintained the same level of determination to solve problems and push for change that she showed during both her sons' fledgling tennis careers. Her suggestion that home and away matches would generate further engagement is compelling and encourages others to share her hope that the Fed Cup can be used "as a means of attracting and retaining girls in competitive tennis at every level."

David Haggerty, President of the International Tennis Federation, is in agreement. Paying tribute to Murray and her persistent contribution to the sport, the ITF announced that changes to the Fed Cup and Davis Cup are being considered and will be discussed at a meeting in June.

While the Fed Cup will no doubt miss Murray's knowledge and unparalleled spirit and determination, she continues to make her mark on the tennis world as she dedicates her time to grassroots projects such as "Miss-Hits" – a programme that introduces girls between the ages of 5 and 8 to the sport. Perhaps one day, one of these girls can be added to the list of British tennis players Murray has helped reach the top.

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