Celebrity MasterChef winner Riyadh Khalaf says Judy Murray, the former British Fed Cup captain and the mother of tennis champions Andy Murray and Jamie Murray, is a loverly maternal woman and spoke about his friendship with the 60 year old during the show.
Riyadh Khalaf says Judy Murray is a lovely maternal woman
Riyadh Khalaf is a well-known TV and radio broadcaster, YouTube content creator, author, podcast host and LGBTQ+ activist and is best known for his BBC documentary series Queer Britain.
He won the Celebrity MasterChef series recently where Judy Murray also participated. According to the Irish Sun, Khalaf says, "The thing about Judy is, I don't think that people get to see the kind of really warm and fun side of her all that much.
A bit of it came across in the show but it's so tightly edited that I think people even only got my personality nearer the end. She is a sweetheart and we became really really close in the three or four days we spent together.
When we went to the professional restaurant I remember looking over the stove and going, 'You alright hun, yeah?' A lovely lovely maternal woman." Khalaf says Judy Murray also invited him to the Wimbledon event and wished that he was a tennis fan.
"She invited me [to Wimbledon] and I'm being completely honest, she invited me, she said 'come to the box' I wish I liked tennis." Besides Murray and Khalaf, others who had appeared on the show included Towie star Pete Wicks, Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent and comedian Crissy Rock.
Judy Murray had said that her sons Andy and Jamie were very surprised when she told them she was taking part in the series. She had also appeared on the Strictly Come Dancing show earlier. Besides coaching her own sons, Judy Murray has also coached several other players under the British tennis governing body, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
She took on the role of the Fed Cup captain of Britain in December 2011 and resigned in March 2016. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2017 for services to tennis, women in sport, and charity.
She has a foundation as well, the Judy Murray Foundation, which aims to improve access to tennis opportunities across Scotland.