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Andy Murray is a two-time Grand Slam winner. His 2012 US Open win made him the first British player to win a Grand Slam title since 1977, and his 2013 Wimbledon victory made him the first British Wimbledon champ in 77 years.
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Born in Dunblane, Scotland, on May 15, 1987, Andy Murray has been ranked one of the world's best tennis players since 2007, and is a two-time Grand Slam winner. He lost to Roger Federer at both the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open, and lost the 2011 Australian Open to Novak Djokovic. Murray made it to the Wimbledon final for the first time in 2012,
"We Scots have a fierce pride in the things we do that others can never appreciate. I am the British No. 1, but I would prefer to be the British No. 1 from Scotland every time."
"Contrary to my image, I do have a sense of humour. The Office is one of my favourite comedies and David Brent is simply the funniest character ever invented. It is so, so funny how much of an idiot that guy is."
winning the semifinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on July 6, 2012, but lost to longtime rival Roger Federer in the final. Murray avenged this loss at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he beat Federer to take his first Olympic gold medal, denying Federer his first singles gold medal. At the 2012 US Open, Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets, becoming the first English player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament since 1977. The following year, in July 2013, Murray won his first Wimbledon men's singles championship, making history as the first English Wimbledon champ in 77 years.
Born in Dunblane, Scotland, on May 15, 1987, to Judy and William Murray, Andrew Barron Murray experienced terrible tragedy when he was only 8 years old. In March 1996, while Murray was sitting in his classroom at the Dunblane Primary School, an armed man by the name of Thomas Hamilton entered the facility, and shot and killed 17 people—16 students and one teacher—before committing suicide by turning the gun on himself. During the horrible event, Murray ran and hid in his headmaster's office.
Having practiced tennis since he was an elementary student, Andy Murray entered his first tournament—Florida's Orange Bowl—at the age of 12, and won. Five years later, he won the US Open junior title. Later that year, he was named the BBC's 2004 "Young Sports Personality of the Year." In 2005, Murray became the youngest player to compete in the Davis Cup.
In 2006, with new coach Brad Gilbert, Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in Round 2 of the Cincinnati Masters tournament. Also that year, he beat tennis star Andy Roddick in the semifinals of the SAP Open. By 2007, Murray was a three-time Association of Tennis Professionals titleist, winning both the 2006 and '07 SAP Opens, as well as the St. Petersburg Open. He would go on to win more than 20 ATP titles by 2012.
In 2007, Murray became ranked as one of the world's Top 10 tennis players. In the following years, his ranking improved to No. 4 and No. 2 and he became a three-time Grand Slam runner-up; he lost to Roger Federer at both the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open, and to Novak Djokovic at the 2011 Australian Open. In January 2012, Murray won the Brisbane Open 250 tournament, claiming his 22nd ATP title.
Later that year, Murray made it to the Wimbledon final for the first time, winning the Wimbledon semifinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on July 6, 2012. Murray's victory made is country proud—he was the first tennis pro from Britain to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938. However, Murray lost in the final to longtime rival Roger Federer, who claimed his seventh Wimbledon win.
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