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Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a Scottish professional tennis player who was born in 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is Britain’s no. 1 player and has a no. 2 ATP world ranking. Like so many other sporting stars, Andy Murray was born in a family of sports fanatics. His brother Jamie is also a professional tennis player. His mother, Judy Murray, is a tennis coach and has a big influence on Andy, and his grandfather, Roy Erskine, was a professional footballer with Hibernian.

Early playing history

Murray began playing tennis at the tender age of three when his mother took him to play on local courts. He picked up the game at a rapid rate and the competition he had with his brother Jamie would have helped him out immensely early on in his career.

By the edge of eight, he began competing in the district tennis competition. Even from a very young age, he demonstrated strong competitive traits.

He won the Under-12’s Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, which is considered the unofficial junior world tennis championship. The Scot also won the US Open junior title before turning pro. In the same year, he also joined the Davis Cup team.

Leon Smith was Andy’s first coach. He first became aware of both Murray brothers when Andy was just five. Smith was 22 years old when Judy Murray asked him to coach her son, who was 11 at the time. He saw a lot of potential with Andy, and coached him during the early years.

As a 15 year old, Andy moved to the clay courts of Barcelona to further develop his game with mentors like Stefan Ortega, who also coached Martina Navratilova and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Moving to Spain also helped to relieve the pressure that came from expectations from the British public.

Rise to the top

Andy Murray’s ranking history is interesting. It was fast tracked in the space of a year, jumping more than 400 spots to claim a position in the top 100 for the first time in 2005, the same year he made his professional debut. In 2006, with new coach Brad Gilbert, his ranking had risen to no. 17 in the world. He also won his first ATP title in San Jose. The tenacious Scot followed this up with another San Jose title the next year, and also won the St. Petersburg Open in Russia to break into the Top 10 world rankings.

By 2009, Andy Murray had reached no. 2 in the world. It was his most successful year to date, winning six ATP titles, which was more than anyone else on the tour. But he was still searching for that elusive Grand Slam.

Murray was long thought to be the best player not to have won a Grand Slam singles title, but he managed to finally get the job done when it really mattered in a final, winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012. This was followed in quick succession with a second Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2013.

Although Andy Murray is considered one of the top 4 players in the world and mentioned in the same breathe as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he has had a tendency to be a bit too defensive in big matches, even though he would easily dominate lesser opponents.

In 2014, Amelie Mauresmo came on board as his new coach, who herself had achieved grand slam success – most notably at the grass courts at Wimbledon. She had a similar power game to Murray back in her day, and her experience and tactical expertise worked wonders it seems. He reached the final of the 2015 Australian Open, and pushed Djokovic in their semifinal clash at Roland-Garros that same year.

His biggest rivalry over the years has been with Federer, but he has also had some fantastic battles with Djokovic, Nadal and several other players in the Top 10.

Professional highlights

In 2006, Murray beat Federer in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. The Scot was one of only two players that year to beat Roger Federer who was on a tear, the other player was of course Nadal.

Andy reached the final of the 2008 US Open for the first time in his career after beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. This win showed Andy’s game had reached a new level. In his debut grand slam final he came up against Roger Federer who beat him in straight sets.

In 2012, Murray won his first and only major tennis championship at Flushing Meadows. Murray prevailed in five gruelling sets against Djokovic. In 2013, Murray continued his good form, claiming the Wimbledon title after beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. The Serbian had got the better of Murray at the final of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year. Andy reached the final of Wimbledon for the first time that year after ousting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals. It was a major goal that Andy had set out to accomplish, because he loves grass and playing at his home tournament. Even though he is Scottish, the Brits claim him as one of theirs.

Andy Murray played a key role in Great Britain winning the 2015 Davis Cup. Great Britain last won the Davis Cup back in 1936.

Fun facts about Andy Murray you might not know:

● His best surfaces are faster courts (hard and grass), where he’s had his two grand slam successes.
● Both Andy and his brother Jamie were present during the Dunblane School massacre.
● Murray’s potential for playing tennis was evident after beating his brother at age 10. Jamie was at the time ranked the no. 2 junior in the world.
● Judy, Andy’s mother, was actually his first coach in the formative years of his career.
● Andy met his wife, Kim Sears, at the US Open in 2005.

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