Earlier in January, after losing to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open , Andy flew home to be present at the birth of his first child.
However, his wife Kim didn’t give birth until February 7th. Andy hope that his current status as a ‘’family man’’ will positively effect his tennis career. He told the Guardian: “Obviously with Novak and Roger (fatherhood has) worked out well”. “I don’t know if having kids has made them play better or if they’re just really good.
“It lends perspective when you have a bad loss or bad practice. The outcome of a match is not everything but I want my daughter to be proud of her dad when she grows up and sees what I did. I hope it works out in a positive way on the court but if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world.”
He admits that he finds changing her daughter’s nappies difficult (“you see a small person and you think they’re so fragile”), he added: “Even when I’m away for a day I feel bad. I feel I should be there and I want to be there as much as I can. So when I’m leaving the house at eight in the morning and getting back at eight at night, I feel bad.”
Yet, despite how keen he is to spend as much time as possible with his daughter, the Briton insisted he was always going to play in the Davis Cup this season, despite the huge amount of time and effort required.