Andy Murray's wife and number one fan Kim Sears stayed home to take care of their two young children today when he crashed out of the Australian Open in what could be his last match before he retired.
Speculation had grown over why the 31-year-old illustrator did not stand in the stands in Melbourne – unlike Murray's mother Judy, 59, and older brother Jamie, 32, who normally can not sit through Andy's matches.
But this evening a source close to the MailOnline family told that Mrs Sears was at home with the two young daughters of the couple, Sophia, two and Edie, one.
Andy Murray participates in the Wimbledon Champions Dinner in July 2016 with his wife Kim Sears
Ms. Sears applauds her tennis star husband Murray at the US Open in New York last August
Mrs. Sears has traveled the world to support her husband, worked by a friend, from the sidelines.
Her recent performances in the past two years have been at the US Open in New York last August, Wimbledon in July 2017 and the Australian Open in January 2017.
She spent many years in the Australian Open and seemed to swear at Murray's match against Tomas Berdych during the same tournament in 2015.
She allegedly said: "F *** ing have that you Czech flash f ***. & # 39; Murray then joked after being made a gentleman two years ago that she could no longer swear at matches.
The couple live in a sumptuous home with six bedrooms of £ 5 million in the exclusive city of Oxshott in Surrey, along with two borderterriers, Maggie May and Rusty.
Ms. Sears and Murray, who met in 2005 during the US Open on their 17th and Murray 18, dated nine years before they became engaged in 2014.
They married in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral, with the reception at the nearby Cromlix House hotel that Murray had bought for £ 1.8 million in 2013.
Murray in action during the Australian Open match against Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain today
Murray's brother Jamie and mother Judy look today from the sidelines in Melbourne
Murray previously described the birth of his first child with Mrs. Sears – the daughter of player-turned-coach Nigel Sears – in February 2016 as "the best moment of my life."
He later admitted in July that year that & # 39; for the first time ever tennis is probably more of a distraction from my home life than vice versa & # 39 ;.
He is saddened, however, that his girls will probably never see him playing professionally – and regrets how trying to squeeze everything out of himself induced him to train.
He said: "It would have been good if I had played less, had taken a few days off, which had spent more time relaxing. At the moment it is something that frustrates me. & # 39;
Murray posted a photo on Instagram last Friday with his mother Judy, but did not mention Sears in recent social media messages.
Mrs. Sears goes through all the emotions and looks at Murray at Wimbledon in London in July 2017
Mrs. Sears (right) and Judy Murray (left) support the star at the Australian Open in January 2017
Mrs Sears cheers at Wimbledon in July 2016 (left) and the US Open in September 2016 (right)
He did pay tribute to & # 39; everyone, my team, my family and everyone who contributed to my tennis career & # 39; in an emotional interview after the game today.
Today, Murray was the next week to decide if he would get a second hip production after his dramatic five set of defeat against 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Murray, who announced on Friday that he planned to retire this year, threatened a miracle but was eventually defeated 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-7 (4) 6-2.
His hopes were not high given the status of his right hip, but it was still a fighting performance for a man who admits he has trouble putting on his shoes and socks.
The capacity mass roared up Murray and dared to dream of a miracle when he braved the pain to force a decisive set before the effort eventually became too much.
Andy Murray and his then fiancée Kim Sears at the London Fashion Week in September 2012
Judy Murray and the then girlfriend of the star, Mrs. Sears, at the Australian Open in January 2007
Murray coast Ss. Sears after beating Lleyton Hewitt in a match in San Jose in February 2006
The tournament had prepared a montage from Murray's fellow players who honored him, but he said he would do everything he could to play at the Australian Open again.
If he does this, Murray must have undergone an operation for re-working, which could give him a new chance on the playing field, but which could end his career for good.
If he decides not to do the surgery yet, he will try to play on the grass and finish his career at the Wimbledon Championships in South West London.
A representative for Murray did not return a request for comments by MailOnline.