Andy Murray says he will quit the Australian Open midway through the tournament to be at the birth of his first child.
Murray`s wife Kim is due to give birth in mid-February, a couple of weeks after the Melbourne tournament, but he revealed plans are in place should she go into premature labour.
The world No 2 says being at the birth is far more important to him and he is looking forward to becoming a dad, rejecting some of the talk that it could take away from his bid to topple Novak Djokovic from top spot.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Murray said: "I`d go home. For sure, yes.
"It`s obviously important. I want to make sure at the beginning I am there as much as I can be to try and help out, just be there for whatever is really required of me.
"It`s going to be life changing when the baby comes but I am excited about that. People have asked `Do you think it will be a distraction?` It might be but it`s a good distraction.
"It`s actually not good to be just concentrating on tennis and your training all of the time. It is important to be able to take a step back from it and, when you finish on the practice court, be able to just go away and be with your friends and family, so I am looking forward to it.
Kim`s pregnancy has also seen him change his practice schedule as he is working out in Dubai rather than make his normal journey to Miami, and his early-season tournament schedule will also be light.
He added: "I was either going to go to Dubai or Miami but because obviously Kim is quite heavily pregnant it`s a lot easier to get back from here. All the flights leave in the evening from Miami, whereas here you can fly at all times in the day.
"I`m not playing the whole of February and obviously with the Davis Cup it is quite a different end to this year. I will almost have my off-season in February."
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