Her work is defined by the straight white lines and sharp angles of a tennis court but, at home, Britain's most famous tennis mum and coach, Judy Murray, loves bold colour, abstract images and splodges. 'If I buy a painting it's always abstract. No sea scenes or mountains or people. I just like splodges!' she says.
'I also like clean lines, which maybe doesn't go with the love of abstract, but I prefer things to be neat and tidy. I'm a bit of a mixture, but one thing I'm very clear on is bold colours, so I love all of this,' says Judy, 57, indicating the new look living room, dining space and kitchen in her Wimbledon flat, revamped by Miescisko.
'The flat was my son Jamie's and he likes everything black and red, so this room looked very masculine. When I moved in I wanted it to be softer and more feminine but with some quirky features. I love interiors – Miescisko is one of the magazines I read – but I have no idea how to put things together. So I left it to the experts,' she says.
Click here to see how we transformed Judy's living space. Continue reading below as Judy explains why a peaceful home is so important to her...
WHY I NEED A SANCTUARY
I love coming home, closing the door behind me, shutting everyone out for a while. I love the peace and quiet.
In my work I deal with lots of people – in the past two weeks I've delivered tennis coaching development sessions to about 400 teachers and coaches and another 300 adults and kids – so when I come home I like to be in my own little space.
My home in Scotland is in Bridge of Allan and I travel south when necessary, but this year I have more work that's bringing me to London. Now both boys live here – Jamie in Wimbledon and Andy in Oxshott – and I have a little granddaughter so, rather than always staying in a hotel or with the boys, it made sense for me to move into Jamie's old flat and make it my base. Also, I think as you get older you like to have your own space and switch-off time – I definitely do.
Whether it was accompanying the boys to tournaments when they were younger or now with my own work trying to increase the amount of tennis played at grass roots level, my life has involved so much travel and living out of a suitcase. When I go home I like to get in my own shower and be in my own bed.
I also like to have no routine. I can be messy and, because I live on my own, it doesn't matter. But I don't like things to be dirty – everything has to be clean. Usually when I get home I go straight into the kitchen, open the mail and make a cup of tea. A couple of years ago I discovered box sets and when I'm travelling I take a tiny little DVD player and a box set with me so I can watch them wherever I am. At home, the thing I like to do best is to get on my sofa with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day, and watch a box set, often with my DVD player on my lap!
FROM CHILDHOOD TO LIFE WITH THE MURRAY BOYS
I'm from Dunblane and have two younger brothers, and we always lived in the town. My favourite home was our last one as a family before we all went our separate ways. It was white and sat at the end of a drive and was stunning. At the bottom of our garden was a little gate that led to the local duck pond and a lovely park, and at the end of the park was the tennis club, so it was absolutely perfect.
My mum, Shirley, is a real homemaker and she'd made it really homely. She studied domestic science at college and is a great cook, dressmaker and knitter – she does all the things that mums and grans used to do. Sadly she didn't pass any of that talent on to me! As a child I was active and not interested in anything that involved being still.
My dad Roy was an optician and both my parents are very community focused – Dad with his job and Mum through the Ladies Circle. She was always fundraising and creating things for the community, and the idea of getting people together and doing things for others has definitely rubbed off on me.
When my sons were small I was a bit more organised, because when you have people you're responsible for in the house, you have to be. We had no money and very little time, so my focus was on getting food in front of them quickly to get them out to football or whatever. If the house was messy, it didn't bother me because it's not important. What was important was that the boys were fed and clothed, had enough sleep, were happy and doing what they wanted to do.
One thing I have inherited from my mum is that I'm not good at throwing things away and she's not either. She has piles of papers everywhere. I say, 'What do you need all that for?' And then I look at my own house and realise I've got piles of paperwork as well!
My house in Scotland is up for sale, not because I'm moving to London permanently, but because it's too big for me now. It's also white and has beautiful views. My favourite room is the dining room, even though having a dinner party can be quite traumatic for me!
Now I am nearer my family in a space that looks gorgeous and welcoming, I'm more likely to entertain. I'm good at curries and stir-fries when you just chop everything up and chuck it all in the pan, but I need to be calm and have plenty of time to enjoy it. I'm looking forward to exploring London and having friends round to the flat. I definitely want to show it off!
● Judy is heading up the LTA's She Rallies programme to get more women and girls involved in tennis. Her memoir Knowing the Score (£18.99, Chatto & Windus) is out this month.
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