About Andy

Andy (Andrew) Murray is a Scottish tennis player who represents both Scotland and Great Britain.  He was born on the 15th May 1987 in Glasgow, and for most of his life he has lived in Dunblane, a small town in Perthshire near Stirling. 

Andy’s mother is a former Scottish national coach and his father is a retail manager.  His brother Jamie also plays tennis professionally and currently the UKs highest ranked doubles player.  This year he has won doubles titles in Memphis, San Jose, Nottingham and  most recently the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon. 

He started playing tennis at the age of 3 and grew up playing tennis and football.  He was once offered the chance to play with Glasgow Rangers, but has stated that tennis was always the game for him.

Andy left Scotland in 2002 when he was 15, and spent time studying at the Sanchez Casal Academy in Barcelona, Europe’s leading tennis centre.

2004 was a busy year and was also when his tennis started to really pick up.  He won the US Open boys title at the age of 17, and also advanced to the doubles semi-final with his brother Jamie the same year.  In addition, he was awarded the BBC Young Sports Personality and in that year finished no. 10 in the world junior rankings.

In 2005, Andy ‘turned pro’ and became Britains youngest Davis Cup player when he played against against Israel.  He and David Sherwood won in the doubles that year.  In June of the same year he defeated 14th seed Radek Stepanek in 3 sets at Wimbledon and beat David Nalbandian in the next round before he was finally defeated.  The day he beat Stepanek was the same day that Tim Henman made a shock exit from the tournament and the media immediately began proclaiming him as the next big thing in British tennis.  (They weren’t wrong though, were they?!)

After Wimbledon his ranking jumped up from 312 to 213, and after defeating Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick to win the SAP Open in San Jose in 2005, his world ranking was further propelled up 166 places to number 47.  This win also made him the fourth youngest player ever to win an ATP Open title (he was 18 years and 9 months old at the time).

In 2006 he hired coach Brad Gilbert who is considered as one of the best coaches in the world.  In June of 2007 Andy reached a career high ranking (thus far) within the top ten as number 8 in the world, and is currently the no. 1 British tennis player.

Some random facts:

Andys childhood heroes are Muhammad Ali and Andre Agassi
His favourite music is 50 cent
His favourite movie is The Girl Next Door
He thinks that the US Open is the best place he’s played
His favourite surface is clay
He considers his serve to be the best part of his game