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Summary

'It was the day I put the tennis balls into the tumble dryer that I realised I thought about tennis a little bit differently.'

What happens when you find you have exceptional children? Do you panic? Put your head in the sand? Or risk everything and jump in headfirst?

As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish national coach, coach of the Fed Cup and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition. As a parent, coach and leader, she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British tennis. From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, Judy Murray's extraordinary memoir charts the challenges she has faced, from desperate finances and growing pains to entrenched sexism.

We all need a story of 'yes we can' to make us believe great things are possible. This is that story.

©2017 Judy Murray (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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So interesting

This was the first autobiography that I have read/listened to. I am an Andy Murray fan so I was interested in hearing Judy's story.

I loved it! I couldn't stop listening to it. She is an amazing women and I had no idea what as a family they gone through and achieved to get there.

I throughly recommend it.

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Great coach, ambassador and mum.

I read this book as I've always played tennis. I expected to enjoy the insights into pro-tennis, and to hear how 2 brothers managed to get to be top players. I hadn't anticipated that I would enjoy even more than that, the story of a truly inspirational woman who has fought to get her boys to where they are and also given so much back. Well written, well read, an ace.

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Excellent!

Interesting, enlightening, very well written & Judy Murray's narration is excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Great to hear the story of one my hero’s!

Truly amazing background story. Some really funny stories and mostly inspirational to hear from possibly the greatest women ever in British Tennis.

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Thoroughly enjoyable and insightful book

Would you consider the audio edition of Knowing the Score to be better than the print version?

Yes I enjoyed hearing it read by the author, knowing it was her own words.

What did you like best about this story?

I love a good autobiography, and I've followed Andy and Jamie's progress from the beginning ... so I was hoping this would be good - and maybe even answer my long-time question: what is the secret of Judy Murray's Midas touch with tennis players (and not just her own sons) ...?

And - tick tick tick! I was engrossed all the way through, Judy tells a good story, and there's lots of great background info and anecdotes along the way. And I did feel I got an insight into why her approach seems to be so successful.

One thing I hadn't appreciated before, was how male-dominated the coaching scene was as she began her career, but having eventually blasted her way through, she was able to use her understanding of girls/women's psychology - and what other sports often attract them eg with music, teamwork etc - to coach them in a different way from the way they'd been coached by male coaches. Eg. she says the top female UK players weren't even speaking to each other at the time she took over coaching the Federation Cup - because they'd only had male coaches up till then and in "male world" your rivals are your rivals - but she got them working together and feeling like a supportive "team" ... without that being a big feminist statement, just tapping into what works for different people.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, and will listen all the way through again sometime I'm sure.

Particularly enjoyed the bit where Andy's just won Wimbledon and they're on their way to the big dinner, and she sees his chauffeured car in front go off on a strange diversion ... which turns out to be to a Drive-Thru McDonalds, where the servers are not surprisingly "freaking out" with excitement when they see it's Andy Murray in the back of the car! Just one example of a fun bit in a great book :) Thanks Judy!

Any additional comments?

Particularly recommended for any amateur sports coaches - I think they'd get a lot of inspiration from it.

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Every woman should read this book

What a joy to hear the true life story of a woman who is unashamedly proud of her achievements and those of her children. To constantly fight the misogyny and come out being adored by the public is great credit to her and she should be held up as a heroine and champion for woman overcoming prejudice. I hope her legacy is one of raising the number of girls and women rising to the top of their sports as well as just getting involved and enjoying it at grass roots level. I was engaged by Judy’s story from beginning to end. The only negative point for me was that for most of the book she talked about the huge financial struggle she faced to support her boys yet never made any mention of what difference to their lives earning £millions brought. These are the rewards we want to hear about Judy too! We want to know all your sacrifices were worth it! Pretending Andy still dined at McDonalds was disingenuous I felt st the end and spoilt it a little bit but not too much! I’d still thoroughly recommend this book if you want an inspirational read.

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Fantastic listen!

As a lifelong tennis fan this book was always going to appeal, but it greatly exceeded my expectations. The way Judy's own story was related along side Jamie and Andy's road to fame was so interesting. The struggles of aspiring young tennis players is clearly explained and you have to admire Judy's faith and support of her boys. I also admire her own personal journey to become a tennis coach and inspire many young players. Quite simply one of the best autobiographies I have listened to!

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This is a wonderful book. So inspiring and empowering. Judy Murray tells her story so well and shows what can be achieved with belief

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What a woman!

Thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming book, narrated by Judy Murray. Her gentle charm but iron determination shone through and astonished me with her tenacity and wide teaching skills. I knew she was heavily involved in tennis and coaching but was stunned at her ability to keep learning, adapting to the technology available and balance of professional expertise and maternal instincts. She settles a few scores along the way, deservedly, and as a woman in business in the 80's totally appreciate how difficult it was to break through in the male dominated world of professional tennis. And then she explains her reasons and opportunities to go out of her comfort zone, challenge herself with new projects and of course Strictly. So for all of those who have belittled her passion, wondered why she should be constantly on the scene for Jamie and Andy and sneered at her eligibility to be on the Strictly programme - read this book and you'll know more. I have been a fan of Andy since seeing a clip of him playing aged 16 (one month younger than my late son) and we have cheered him all the way. Good luck to this incredible but normal family and long may their success and happiness continue.

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Extraordinary

This book greatly exceeded my expectations. It's not about tennis but truly about the leadership of a woman finding her way in a man's world.

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A woman, a mother, a professional

This was a fabulous book. So insightful about determination, love and making sure that you have fun.