Andy Murray

Andy Murray was born on 15th of May 1987, to Judy and Will in Glasgow, Scotland. As his mother was a tennis coach, he started playing tennis at the early age of three and in 2005 turned pro. In 1996, aged 8, Andy Murray survived the Dunblane Massacre where his primary school was targeted.

Murray’s first breakthrough was winning the U-12s Orange Bowl world championships, at Florida in 1999. Murray won his debut Junior Wimbledon in 2002. Murray became the 2004 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year after winning the junior men’s title at US Open. 2005 saw Andy Murray become Davis Cup’s youngest player from Britain when he faced Israel. He defeated World No. 14 Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4 6-4 at Wimbledon on the same day that Tim Henman was ousted from the tournament. Post 2005 Wimbledon, Andy Murray rose 99 places to reach the 213th in the ATP rankings. This made him the highest ranked Briton. This was just the start of a phenomenal rise up the rankings.

February 2006 saw Murray beating Lleyton Hewitt at the finals of the SAP Open held in San Jose. After this win, 18 year old Andy Murray became the fourth youngest tennis player to go on to win an ATP Open – before Federer and older than Nadal, Borg and  Hewitt. His world ranking propelled to 47th. August 2006 proved a turning-point for him when he beat Roger Federer 7-5 6-4 at Cincinnati Masters in straight sets.

Andy Murray gained a career-high ranking of 15th in 2007. He also became a top 10 player after Tommy Haas, Murray’s rival for the tenth place failed to reach the semi-finals of US Clay Court Championships.

Murray started 2008 by capturing the fourth and fifth titles of his career, winning the Qatar Open and the Open 13. He again beat Roger Federer at the Dubai Championship in March 2008 which proved his immense potential. In July 2008, Andy Murray reached his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final in Wimbledon but was thwarted by Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Novak Djokovic was beaten by Andy Murray beat in the final of the Series Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio in August 2008. It was the first Masters Series title won by Murray and he became No. 6 in the world rankings. September 2008 saw Murray beat Rafael Nadal at the U.S Open, earning a berth in the final against Roger Federer where he was beaten in straight sets. It thwarted his chances of becoming the first British player since Fred Perry (1936) to win one of the four major singles titles.

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal , to win the World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam in February 2009. In April 2009 Andy Murray won his third Masters title defeating Novak Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open. 2010 saw Murray beaten yet again by Roger Federer at the Australian Open. In August 2010, Andy Murray made a come back by beating Roger Federer thereby retaining the Rogers Cup title in Toronto. In January 2011, Andy Murray reached the final of the Australian Open but was beaten by Novak Djokovic.

In 2008, Andy Murray released his autobiography Hitting Back, which traces his personal life and career. He is a talented young player with a lot of potential to make a mark on court in the coming future.

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