By Emily Goddard

judy and andy murrayNovember 27 - British tennis coach Judy Murray has thrown her support behind Glasgow's bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games saying it will be "a phenomenal source of inspiration for young people" to emulate the success of the nation's greatest Olympians, such as that of her son Andy.

As well as securing his first major win at the US Open, Andy - Britain's number one and world number three - clinched both a gold and silver at the London 2012 Olympics in the men's singles and mixed doubles respectively, and Judy (pictured top, left, with Andy) believes a Summer Youth Olympic Games in Scotland will inspire young people to follow in his footsteps.

"If you want to inspire young people then there is nothing better than seeing other young people competing or working at the very highest level," she said.

"If Glasgow is successful in its bid then I am sure there would be a massive interest from the public particularly from schools and teachers to get our kids involved.

"It would be great for young people to see kids of a similar age performing at a very high level in an event that is almost in preparation for the Olympic Games and that has a huge buzz around it."

Judy Murray also believes Scotland can build on the success of London 2012 and the excitement surrounding the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by continuing the Olympic journey through to 2018.

judy murrayJudy Murray believes a Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympics will inspire the next generation of British sporting stars

"You could see what effect the London 2012 Olympic Games had on our nation," she said.

"Everyone suddenly went sport mad and patriotic and the key is obviously capitalising on that.

"For us in Scotland we have two years to capitalise on that in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to ensure we engage our kids in sport as much as we possibly can.

"Added to that, the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 would be a great showcase for young sporting talent and would help inspire our own kids."

Glasgow is currently up against Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Medellín and Rotterdam in what is the most competitive bid race in the history of the Summer Youth Olympics.

Nevertheless, Judy Murray is confident in Glasgow's commitment to hosting the 2018 event and highlighted the projects taking place to redevelop tennis courts in local public parks.

"Glasgow has a huge population and it is great that Glasgow City Council has got behind tennis in partnership with the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association)," she said.

"This is great because we really need public facilities for people who are inspired by what they see on television and want to go along and try the sport out.

"They are far more likely to do that in a public facility that a private tennis club.

"So it is great to see local tennis courts such as Knightswood Park and Drumchapel Park being resurrected.

"I think it is great what we are doing in these communities.

"I really believe that if we can do this here as a successful community project then we can do it anywhere."

Following the unveiling of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games shortlist in February, the IOC is due to elect the host city at its meeting in Lausanne on July 4, 2013.

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