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ANDY MURRAY – The Greatest Tennis Player in the history of Great Britain

Andy Murray UK’s leading professional tennis player is a Grand Slam tournament winner (3 times), Olympic champion (2 times), Davis Cup winner, 2016 ATP World Tour Finals winner, and the former world No. 1 tennis player with 46 singles titles to his credit. Andy Murray earned the title of the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final. He is also the only tennis Olympic gold medallist, to have won two singles titles in the 2012 and 2016 Games. The Scot now addressed as Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE, received the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal from HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on October 17, 2013, and in 2019 was conferred knighthood.

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Andy Murray’s Career

2005

At 17 he begins to play professional tennis and is ranked 407 in the world tennis rankings and represents Britain in the Davis Cup.

2006

At San Jose, USA Andy Murray wins his first ATP Tour title – the SAP Open. Again in 2006, he defeats opponents Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman to become Britain’s No.1 tennis player.

2007

Enters the world’s top tennis players for the first time.

2009

Andy Murray defeated USA’s James Blake to Becomes the first British player since 1938 to win at Queen’s Club.

2012

In July 2012 for the first time, Andy Murray qualified for the finals at Wimbledon up against Roger Federer but lost in the finals. However, in August 2012 he won two medals at the Olympics (a silver in the mixed doubles, alongside Laura Robson, and a gold in the men’s singles defeating Federer on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.) In the same year in September, he won the US Open, defeating Djokovic.

2013

Murray beats Djokovic at Wimbledon to become the first British winner of the men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. 17.3 million British TV viewers were glued to their TV screens watching him play. He became an overnight social media sensation on British Facebook, overtaking all other British personalities and events.

On October 17, 2013, he earned the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal from HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

2015

In November 2015 Andy Murray led Great Britain to a tenth Davis Cup title by beating David Goffin 6-3 7-5 6-3.

2016

The Golden Year. Became the first player to win a Grand Slam, the ATP Tour Finals, and the men’s singles at the Olympic Games. Murray had reached No. 1 in the world ranking ousting Djokovic from his position winning a grand total of 9 titles in 2016.

2017

Sadly, unable to play during the year due to a hip injury, Andy relinquished his World Number 1 ranking to Nadal.

2018

Due to his recent operation, Andy withdrew from Wimbledon with a “heavy heart” his health would not allow him the luxury of playing five-set matches. His ATP ranking had now dropped to 839th in his newest low since he first entered the ATP Rankings on 21 July 2003. Today his Single’s ranking is 116.

2019

Andy Murray was officially knighted on May 16, 2017, by Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace for his services to tennis and charity. In the same year, he received the 2016 ATP No. 1 Award, 2019 ATP Comeback Player of the Year Award and 2014 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.

2020

In September 2020, Andy wins his first Grand Slam match after a gap of 20 months beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

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A peek into Andy Murray’s personal life

  • Born on 15 May 1987, Andy began to play tennis at age 3 encouraged by his mother Judy.
  • Andy was born with a bipartite patella, where the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of naturally fusing during childhood. He was unaware of the condition until he turned 16.
  • As a child, he witnessed and escaped the 1996 Dunblane school massacre when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher before shooting himself in the school where Andy studied.
  • Loves football and ice cream as much as tennis.
  • His brother, Jamie Murray, plays doubles on ATP Tour.
  • He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling, where he trained.
  • – He is the Global Ambassador for UNICEF, United for Wildlife, Malaria No More and WWF.
  • Andy has been featured in GQ Magazine’s 20 Most Stylish Athletes of 2013.
  • Andy Murray received Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year 2013
  • He became the 1st 3-time award winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, taking home the prestigious award in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
  • For £1.8 million Andy purchased and renovated the Cromlix Hotel in Dunblane, a 5star property with 15 exclusive rooms. Before he owned it, he had attended his brother Jamie’s wedding and his
  • Grandparents’ 40th anniversary at the property.
  • He owns 77 Sports Management agency that handles his career and the career of other rising tennis aspirants.
  • Murray is an angel investor and has invested in 30 UK businesses through the crowdfunding platform, Seedrs.
  • His net worth is approximately USD 165 million.
  • Andy married Kim Sears on April 1, 2015, in Dunblane Cathedral. They have two daughters, Sophia and Edie, and a son named Teddy.
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