British and world men’s tennis number one seed, Andy Murray is a firm favourite with the fans – not only because he has never forgotten his roots but also because he has worked so hard to reach his world ranking and the public appreciate his endeavours and eventual triumph.
Born in Glasgow on 15th May 1987, Murray played tennis in his youth. In 1999, aged 12, he won his first title, the Junior Orange Bowl championship. Later, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, studying at Schiller International School and playing on clay courts at Sánchez-Casal Academy, coached by Pato Alvarez.
Murray spent 11 years slogging it out on the international senior circuit before achieving top status. He made his senior debut in 2005, ranked 407 in the world and in March that year he became the youngest Brit to play in the Davis Cup.
Following his success at the Queen’s Club Championships, he was given a Wild Card to Wimbledon. Ranked 312, he reached the 3rd round of the men’s singles. In 2006, he played on the complete circuit for the first time, taking over from Tim Henman as British number one.
His world ranking was 42 by this time but just one year on, he finished the 2007 season ranked 11th. His success continued in 2008 when he reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open – Roger Federer beat him. He also qualified for the first time for the Masters title, losing to Davydenko in the semi-final, ending the year ranked 4th.
In 2009, he became the first Brit to win the Queen’s Club Championships since 1938, defeating American James Blake in the final. He briefly achieved world number two ranking before the US Open but suffered a wrist injury that left him out of action for six weeks. Consequently, his ranking dropped to 4th by the end of the year.
Between 2010 and 2012, Murray’s ranking fluctuated between 3rd and 5th, although he won the biggest title of his career to date… an Olympic gold medal! With the help of new coach, Ivan Lendl, he was the first Brit to win the title since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. He beat then world number one, Roger Federer in the final in London 2012.
In the 2013 New Year honours list, he was awarded the OBE for services to tennis, becoming Sir Andrew Murray. He also won the 2013 BBC Sport Personality of the Year award. He became the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles in 77 years after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. Unfortunately, throughout the year he suffered a series of injuries, which eventually lead to him needing back surgery in September.
In 2014, his world ranking dropped to 12th at one point but showing his true grit and fighting spirit, Murray worked his way back up the ranks.
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In 2015, his world ranking was back up to number two, after losing the Australian Open final to Djokovic and winning his first ATP clay court title at the 2015 BMW Open.
Throughout much of last year, he was ranked number two. Then, in November 2016 he finally took the coveted top ranking, ending Djokovic’s 122-week reign. Murray has remained the world number one since and is tipped to dominate 2017. Despite being knighted in the New Year’s Honours list, he is loved by the fans for remaining down to earth… and we all so love a fighter!