Who Is Andy Murray?
Andy Murray is a two-time major champion and an Olympic gold medallist. He is currently ranked third in the world and has previously been ranked as high as second.
Murray was born in Scotland on May 15, 1987. He learned tennis very young by playing with his older brother, Jamie, who is also currently a professional. Jamie took no mercy in their childhood sibling rivalry, so Andy’s early motivation stemmed from a desire simply to compete with his older brother. And he showed tremendous promise even while still very young; at age 12 he won a prestigious event known as the Orange Bowl.
Murray’s professional career began in April 2005, when he was just 17 years old. He was given a wild card into Open SEAT, a tournament in Barcelona. He lost in three sets to little-known Jan Hernych. For the next few years, Murray worked his way up the rankings and began to go deep in major events.
It was in 2010, though, that Murray truly began to make a name for himself on the international stage. He advanced to the final of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam final of his career. (He lost to Roger Federer.) Murray would not win a Grand Slam until September, 2012, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in a grueling, nearly-five-hour-long final at the US Open.
He was by that point, of course, already an Olympic champion, having won the gold medal at the London Olympics in August 2012. Indeed, the London Olympics were the turning point of a career for Andy Murray, who defeated then world-number-one Roger Federer in the final. And, because he is from Scotland, a hard-fought victory in front of a British crowd (at Wimbledon, no less) was a fantastic way for Andy Murray to announce himself as a true contender on the world stage.
In July 2013, Murray won again at Wimbledon, this time capturing the prestigious Wimbledon Championship, the second Grand Slam of his career. No doubt we can expect more championships from Murray in the future.