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My child’s birth takes priority over the Australian Open – Andy Murray

Andy Murray says his priority for 2016 is his baby’s birth as he prepares for a year in which he will try to win the Australian Open for the first time and successfully defend his Olympic title in Rio.

Murray’s wife Kim is due to give birth to their first child next month, and the British number one remains determined to be there, even if it means leaving Melbourne early.

“My child is more important to me, and my wife is more important to me, than a tennis match,” he said, in the run-up to the first Grand Slam of the year.

“It’s a big change for me and my wife, but that’s the current priority and I’ll see after that.

“I have no idea how that will change things. I still love tennis: I have trained and prepared as best as possible for here and I feel like I’m in a good position to do well, but my current priority is my family.”

The 28-year-old Scot will face wildcard German teenager Alexander Zverev, on Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open.

He does not have a private jet on standby, so it will take a minimum of 24 hours to cover the 10,500-mile journey home should his wife go into labour.

But the world number two said confidently: “As soon as the call comes in, I’ll find a way to get home in time, I’m sure.”

Murray, who has lost four finals at Melbourne Park, is the second seed this year.

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