spo ten gse 151734981 300x200 photoAndy Murray is arguably one of Britain’s greatest ever tennis stars. The Scottish national has consistently been one of the top four players in the world since the back-end of 2008. He finally joined the elite club of Grand Slam winners in 2012 with a win at the US Open against Novak Djokovic, achieving a career high-ranking of world number two back in 2009, his highest ever standing to date. One of the most popular attractions on the ATP Tour, Murray is known for his incredible defensive work from the baseline. He is well-known for his ability to counter attack, based on his defense, and his game has always been best suited to the faster hard court surfaces.

 

Personal

Murray was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1987 to Will and Judy. His mother Judy is a tennis coach and currently is captain of the British women’s Fed Cup team. After turning down a chance of training with Scottish football giants Rangers, he instead went to Spain and learned his tennis trade on the clay of the famous Sanchez-Casal Academy. Becoming a winner of the Junior US Open in 2004, he turned professional in the following year and started the regular ATP season at a ranking of 407th in the world.

 

ATP Tour History

The first ever match that Andy Murray won as a professional on the ATP was in England at Queen’s in 2005. It was after a run to the third round there, that he gained a wild card entry to his first ever Wimbledon tournament as well. The first final that Murray reached on the ATP Tour was in Bangkok in 2005, where he lost to Roger Federer in straight sets. His first ATP Title came in 2006 at San Jose in California, where he beat Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt in the final, who was ranked 11th in the world at the time. During that tournament, Murray scored the first top ten win of his young career, in beating Andy Roddick. Murray has continued to win ATP Tournaments ever since following that, having a notably productive year in 2009 when he won six titles, including two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Canada and Miami.

 

Grand Slam History

The first appearance for Andy Murray in the final of a Grand Slam, was at Flushing Meadows in the 2008 US Open. It was an impressive, battling win over Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi finals of the tournament which projected him through to the final, where he would meet the great Roger Federer. It wasn’t to be Murray’s day as the experience of the Swiss superstar saw Murray defeated over a routine three sets.

 

Murray would go on to reach two consecutive Australian Open finals in 2010 and in 2011, losing to Roger Federer again and then Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Still Murray had to wait to taste his first Grand Slam success as he reached the final of Wimbledon 2012. Spurred on by an expectant home crowd, Murray again was left empty-handed after being halted by Roger Federer once more.

 

But then his maiden Grand Slam victory moment came as he faced off against Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2012 US Open. In an epic match, Murray took a two set lead, only to see his opponent come back strongly, but Murray recovered to take the final, deciding set, becoming the first British Grand Slam winner since Fred Perry in 1936.