Andy Murray – Britain’s Only Hope

A Scottish professional tennis player, Andy Murray is ranked No. 4 in the world. In 2009, he was ranked No. 2. Andy began playing tennis at the age of three and also played soccer while growing up.

In 2003, Andy won the Canadian Junior Open title and was ranked No. 6 that year. In the same year he claimed his first Futures title. Murray won the junior title at the US Open and played the doubles match with his brother Jamie. In the world junior rankings, he was ranked No. 10 in 2004.

Amongst all the tournaments he’s played, Andy Murray considers the US Open to be his best. In 2004, he was honoured with BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. He was named LTA’s Young Player of the Year twice. In 2006, Murray finished in the top 20 and captured his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title.

2008 was the year where Murray was at his career’s all-time best. He reached the Grand Slam Finals for the first time and won 5 ATP titles. By winning the five titles in the same year in the Open Era he became the first British player to do so.

After Greg Rusedski in the US Open in 1997, Andy Murray was the only British player to reach the Grand Slam final. Murray likes playing on hard ground and considers his serve to be his strongest weapon.

The Scotsman finished at No. 4 for the fourth consecutive season from 2008 to 2011. 2012 looks quite promising for Andy Murray. He started off this year by winning his 22nd ATP World Tour trophy and his first title at Brisbane. As the No. 4 seed in the Australian Open he reached his fifth straight Grand Slam semi-finals only to lose against the world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

Murray is considered to be one of the Big Four vying for the Wimbledon title. He seems to be eager to start this grass court tournament. Despite several injuries he faced, Murray is all set for Wimbledon. Only time will tell as to which of the Big Four grab the title this year.

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