Andy Murray biography
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, 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.
Murray avenged his Wimbledon loss at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, where he beat Federer to take his first Olympic gold medal. Murray's victory prevented Federer from attaining his first Olympic singles gold medal. That September, he continued to burn up the courts, making it to the 2012 US Open final. Murray scored an impressive victory over Novak Djokovic in a tough five sets to clinch his first Grand Slam title, becoming the first player from Britain since 1977—and the first British man since 1936—to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.
By the spring of 2013, Murray had made his way back to No. 2. Then, in July 2013, Murray won his first Wimbledon men's singles championship, beating Serbian player Novak Djokovic (6-4, 7-5, 6-4) to take his second Grand Slam title, and making history as the first English player to win the tournament in 77 years.
That summer, Murray met with success again when he beat Germany's Florian Mayer in straight sets at the US Open, winning 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-2. Advancing to the fourth round of the tournament, Murray paired up against Uzbekistan player Denis Istomin.
Since 2007, Andy Murray has been romantically involved with Kim Sears, who frequently attends Murray's matches and is often photographed by media outlets.