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A brief history of Andy Murray

A biographical timeline of the defining moments in the rise and rise of Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray.

1987 - Born May 15
Family - Mum Judy, dad Willie and big brother Jamie. Mum Judy is a well known tennis coach, while Jamie is one of the world’s top doubles players. 

Age 3 - Starts playing tennis, first with sponge balls against the wall indoors, then outside on a Swingball game. As part of a talented sporting family Murray was an early starter, picking up a tennis racket from the age of two.

Age 5 - first tournament (under-10s) at Dunblane Sports club. Leon Smith, later to coach the youngster from the ages of 11 to 17, said he'd never seen a five-year-old like Murray. He described him as "unbelievably competitive."

Age 8 - Debuting in the men’s doubles at the Dunblane Sports Club he criticises his fifty-something partner for being too near the net.

Age 8 – Murray survives the Dunblane massacre. Thomas Hamilton entered Dunblane Primary school and shot dead 16 children and one adult before committing suicide. Murray survived by hiding under the headmaster’s desk with his brother Jamie.

Age 12 - Wins prestigious Orange Bowl tournament in Miami; he’s the only person in his age group eventually to turn pro.

Age 13 - Glasgow Rangers want to sign Andy. He turns them down, saying he prefers the one-on-one battles of the tennis court. Incidentally, Murray’s favourite sport outside of tennis is boxing.

Age 15 - Leaves Scotland to train at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona. Murray was annoyed to learn that Rafael Nadal was training with the world number one while he was stuck sparring with his big brother.

September - Wins US Open boy’s title, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky.
December - Wins the BBC Young Sports Personality of the year.

March - Becomes the youngest player ever to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup. Murray helps defeat world No. 5 doubles pair Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel.

April - Turns Professional. Enters the Seat Open as a wildcard in his first ATP Tour match where he loses to world No. 63 Jan Hernych.

July - Reaches the third round of Wimbledon in his first ever Grand Slam appearance. Murray’s heroic effort exhausts him and the 18-year-old is beaten by ex-finalist David Nalbandian over five dramatic sets.

September - Reaches his first ATP tour final in Bangkok (versus Roger Federer). It’s just his eighth ATP Tour event. Tim Henman's first final came in his 34th ATP event.

September - Murray becomes the youngest British player in the top 100 since 1974. Only Borg, Hewitt, Nadal and Roddick were younger.

November - Beats Tim Henman in the Davidoff Swiss indoors tournament. Murray said: “Tim is someone that I've looked up to immensely. To win against him means a lot.”

February - Wins first ATP tour title in San Jose. Murray beat two Grand Slam Champions, Hewitt and Roddick, on the way to becoming the fourth youngest player ever to win on the tour.

February – Breaks into the ATP top 50 for the first time. Only Borg, Hewitt, Nadal and Roddick had managed it at a younger age.

February - Becomes the British number one.

August - Reaches final of the Legg Mason Classic, losing to Arnaud Clement.

August - Defeats Roger Federer at Cincinnati Masters to reach the quarter-finals. He and Rafael Nadal were the only players to defeat the world’s best player that year.

January - Records widest winning margin at the Australian Open, 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 en route to face Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. Nadal won in five sets in what Murray said was the best performance of his career to date.

February – Defends his San Jose title with a win over Ivo Karlovic in the final. He and brother Jamie became the first siblings ever to take the singles and doubles titles.

March – Misses the French Open, Queens and Wimbledon through injury.

June - Reaches career high No. 8 in ATP rankings.

September - Leads Great Britain back into 2008 Davis Cup World Group by winning both of his singles matches against Croatia.

October – Captures third career ATP title in St Petersburg (defeating Fernando Verdasco in the final).

November - Finishes season with best indoor record on ATP tour (23-5).

November - Splits with £750,000 a year coach Brad Gilbert. Murray took the unusual step of appointing his own fitness team, with Miles Maclagan taking the role of head coach.

January - captures fourth career ATP title in Doha, beating Stanislas Wawrinka in the final.

January – Creates controversy when he withdraws from a Davis Cup match against Argentina through injury. The move followed a poor performance at the Australian Open. Elder brother Jamie suggested that if the match had been a Grand Slam tournament Andy would have played.

February - Captures fifth career ATP title in Marseille, beating Mario Ancic in the final.

March - Knocks Roger Federer out in first round of Dubai Championship, to move to a 2-1 record against the world No.1.

July - Reaches 4th round at Wimbledon, after coming from 2 sets down in an epic match against Richard Gasquet. Facing Rafael Nadal in the next round Murray lost to eventual winner Rafael Nadal.

August - Lifts his first Masters Series shield in Cincinnati after defeating world number 3 Novak Djokovic for the second time in a week, 7-6, 7-6.

September - Reaches first Grand Slam final at the US Open final, where he is beaten by Federer. In the semi-final Murray finally defeated Rafael Nadal in their sixth encounter, ending Nadal’s 19-match unbeaten run in Grand Slam matches.

October – Beats Federer in semi-finals of the 2008 Madrid Masters before defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon, making him the first Briton ever to win multiple Masters titles.

October – Wins St Petersburg Open again, beating Andrey Golubev in the final to take his fifth title of the 2008 season.

September – Reaches a career high ATP ranking of 4 in world.

January – Wins pre-season Abu Dhabi exhibition event, beating top-seed Rafael Nadal. Murray defeated Roger Federer in the semi-final.

January – Murray successfully defends his title at Qatar Open. Winning his ninth ATP Tour title, Murray swept past Federer in the semi-final before making short work of American big-hitter Andy Roddick.

January – Seeded fourth for the Australian Open, the press and bookmakers tipped the Scot to win his first Grand Slam title. This irritated some of the other players on the tour, notably Federer who was quick to point out the difference between winning an ATP title and a Grand Slam. Murray went out in the fourth round to Fernando Verdasco.

February – Murray took his second tour title of the year at the Rotterdam Open, sailing through the field of opponents before meeting Nadal in the final. Nadal suffered a recurring knee problem but played on. Murray won 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

February – Suffering from an ankle injury which he picked up during the Rotterdam Murray missed the Marseille Open and then pulled out of the Dubai Tournament with a virus later the same month.

March – After missing the Davis Cup through the same virus, Murray entered the first Masters Series event of the year at Indian Wells. He defeated Federer in the semi-final before losing to world number one Nadal.

March – Murray won his 11th career title by beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Miami Masters. In doing so he equalled the number of career titles won by Tim Henman.

May - Murray became the first ever British player to break into the ATP top three after the ATP Masters in Rome. Djokovic, won the tournament last year but failed to do so again, so despite crashing out in the second round, Murray overtook the Serbian to leapfrog into third place on the rankings.

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