A modern tennis hero
Like many, we were sad to hear of the premature retirement of Andy Murray, at just 31, after 2 years fighting a chronic hip injury. Arguably, the greatest British tennis player of the modern era with a glittering career we wanted to take some time to remember and honour the man and his achievements.
3 Grand Slam Titles – Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, becoming the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. He beat the Serb again the following year when he won the 2013 Wimbledon title. His 3rd Grand Slam title came in 2016 when he once again won Wimbledon beating the Canadian Milos Raonic. He also reached a further 8 Grand Slam Finals.
2 Olympic Gold Medals – The first was at London 2012 when he beat Roger Federer, just weeks after being defeated by him in the Wimbledon final. He then became the first male tennis player to win two consecutive Olympic singles titles by beating Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in Rio in 2016.
World Number One – in 2016, Murray embarked on the finest run of his career, which culminated in him becoming the first British man to top the world rankings. He would end the season by winning the ATP Finals for the first time.
In 2015, Murray also led Britain to their first Davis Cup title in 79 years, winning all of his 11 matches.
He has won BBC Sports Personalitty of the Year 3 times (2013, 2015 and 2016) as well as BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2004.
He may not be leaving in the way he would like, but he has left a legacy and inspired the new generation. The LTA says it wants to develop a schools’ programme with help from Murray and his mother, Judy. Let’s hope he agrees, he certainly has the right attitude “You need to get kids playing; you need to have the facilities that allow them to do that.”