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Who is Sir Andy Murray?

Andy Murray was born on 15 May 1987 in Dunblane. His mother is Scottish tennis coach Judy Murray.

He started playing tennis aged three and turned pro in 2005.

Murray's first major breakthrough was when he won U-12s Orange Bowl world championships, Florida in 1999. Murray also won his Junior Wimbledon debut in 2002.

In September 2004 Andy Murray won the junior men's singles title at the US Open and went on to become the 2004 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2005 Andy Murray became Britain's youngest Davis Cup player when he played against Israel.

On 20 June 2005 Andy Murray was ranked 312. A couple of days later, however, Andy Murray defeated 14th seed Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4 6-4 at Wimbledon on the same day that Tim Henman suffered his shock exit from Wimbledon.

In the next round Murray led former finalist David Nalbandian by two sets to love before eventually being beaten.

Immediately pundits were writing Henman off and heralding Murray as the new king of British tennis.

After Wimbledon 2005, Andy Murray rose 99 places to 213th in the ATP rankings, making him the sixth highest-placed Briton. It was the start of a phenomenal rise up the rankings.

In February 2006 Murray beat Lleyton Hewitt 2-6 6-1 7-6 in the final of the SAP Open in San Jose. He had already beaten Andy Roddick in the semi-finals. With the win, Andy Murray, at the age of 18 years and 9 months became the fourth youngest tennis player to win an ATP Open - ahead of Federer and only older than Hewitt, Borg and Nadal. The result propelled his world ranking to 47th.

Andy Murray celebrated by leaping into the crowd and kissing girlfriend Kim Sears.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Andy Murray said:

"I'm not really too sure what I love about tennis - I just enjoy winning."

Andrew Murray's hero is Muhammad Ali.

August 2006 proved a turning-point for Andy Murray. He reached another APT Tour final - the Legg Mason Classic - although he eventually lost to Arnaud Clement; he hired the highly rated Brad Gilbert as a coach; and Murray gained a second and third career win over Tim Henman (beating him at the Toronto Masters and Cincinnati Masters).

It got even better for Andy Murray at Cincinnati when he beat the peerless Roger Federer 7-5 6-4. Federer had not lost in straight sets for 194 matches!

2007 started well for Andy Murray when he reached the final of the Qatar Open and gained a career-high world ranking of 15th.

2007 continued well for Andy Murray when he beat Ivo Karlovic to retain his SAP Open title in San Jose.

In April 2007 it was confirmed that Andy Murray was officially a top 10 player after his rival for tenth place, Tommy Haas, failed to reach the US Clay Court Championships semi-finals.

In October 2007, Andy Murray won the St Petersburg Open to take his third career title.

Andy Murray started 2008 in fine fashion, taking the fourth and fifth titles of his career by winning the Qatar Open in January and the Open 13 in February.

Further signs of Andy Murray's quality came when he beat Roger Federer at the Dubai Championship in March 2008. It was Murray's second straight victory over Federer having defeated him, as mentioned above, in Cincinnati.

In July 2008 in Wimbledon, Andy Murray reached his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final but was decisively beaten by Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

In August 2008, Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Series Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was Murray's first Masters Series title and he climbed to number six in the world rankings.

In 2008, Andy Murray released his autobiography Hitting Back.

In September 2008 Andy Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.

Murray then went one better by beating Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 to earn a place in the final against Roger Federer.

In the final of the US Open final, Federer beat Murray in straight sets thereby thwarting, at least temporarily, his chances of becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win one of the four major singles titles.

In January 2009, however, Andy Murray gained a third straight win over Roger Federer to reach the final of Abu Dhabi's Capitala World Tennis Championships.

In February 2009, Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal to win the final of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

In April 2009 Andy Murray won his third Masters title with a 6-2 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open.

On 14 June 2009, Andy Murray won his first grass-court title beating James Blake 7-5 6-4 at the Aegon Championships at Queen's.

On 3 July 2009, Andy Murray lost a tight semi-final against Andy Roddick in four sets 4-6 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 6-7 (5-7).

On 16 August 2009, Andy Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Montreal Masters. It was Murray's 13th career title, and guaranteed him the number two spot in the world rankings.

On 28 January 2010, Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach the final of the Australian Open.

However he was beaten in the final by Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13-11).

On 2 July 2010, Andy Murray was beaten by Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in the semi-final of Wimbledon.

In August 2010, Andy Murray beat Roger Federer 7-5 7-5 to retain the Rogers Cup title in Toronto.

Although he had recently suffered a shock third-round defeat in Beijing, in October 2010 Andy Murray came back to form to beat Roger Federer in the final of the Shanghai Masters 6-3 6-2.

In January 2011, Andy Murray reached the final of the Australian Open but was beaten 6-4 6-2 6-3 by Novak Djokovic.

In August 2011, he won the Cincinnati Masters title when Novak Djokovic had to retire injured from the final whilst Djokovic was 6-4 3-0 down.

In October 2011, Andy Murray won the Thailand Open, the Japan Open, and the Shanghai Masters.

In 2012, Andy Murray reached the final of Wimbledon, but was beaten in four sets by Roger Federer.

However, soon afterwards, on 5 August 2012, Murray turned the tables when he won a gold for Team GB in the London Olympic Games.

Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in the Olympic men's singles final 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Later the same day, he came close to winning another gold, however, together with his mixed doubles partner Laura Robson he narrowly lost out to top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi 2-6 6-3 10-8 and so went away with a silver.

Andy Murray kept his golden touch when on 11 September 2012, he became the first Briton for 76 years to win a male Grand Slam singles title, when he beat Novak Djokovic in the US Open final 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2.

On 7 July 2013, Andy Murray won Wimbledon.

Murray, who beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4, became the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

On 29 November 2015, Great Britain won the Davis Cup with Murray leading the way. Only John McEnroe and Mats Wilander have matches his record of an 8-0 singles record in a Davis Cup year.

In January 2016, Andy Murray lost the final of the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic.

In February 2016, Andy Murray's wife Kim Sears gave birth to a girl.

On 15 May 2016, Andy Murray won his first Italian Open title with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Novak Djokovic.

It was his first win on clay against Djokovic in five matches.

On 5 June 2016, Andy Murray to Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open.

Two weeks later, he won the Queen's Club title for a record-breaking fifth time.

On 10 July 2016, Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon singles title, beating Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-2).

A month later, Andy Murray won another Olympics single title when he beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5.

In October 2016, Andy Murray won his fifth singles title of the year beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6 (7-2) in the China Open final.

He followed up immediately by winning the Shanghai Masters and then and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Murray topped that by beating John Isner 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 in the final of the Paris Masters, and in the process, climbing to the top of the tennis rankings.

On 20 November 2016, Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals to secure not just that title but also to ensure that he ended the year number one in the tennis rankings.

In December 2016, he won Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.

In the same month he was knighted in the New Year Honours list.

On 4 March 2017, Andy Murray won the Dubai Championships for the first time.

After Wimbledon in July 2017, Murray had a break from tennis due to a continuing hip injury.

In November 2017, Murray's wife Kim gave birth to a baby girl.

In January 2019, in an emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open, Andy Murray revealed that the end of his professional tennis career was near because he could no longer play through the pain from his injury.

On 29 January 2019, it was revealed that Andy Murray had hip resurfacing surgery.

On 2 July 2019, it was confirmed that Andy Murray and Serena Williams would play mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

He also entered the men's doubles, where he was partnered by Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Soon afterwards, Andy Murray partnered Jamie Murray in the Washington Open. It was the first time they had joined forces in men's doubles since 2016.

They lost at the quarter-final stage.

Soon afterwards they were on opposite sides of the net in the Cincinatti Masters, when Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski beat Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez.

On 20 October 2019, Andy Murray won his first singles tournament in two years when he beat Stan Wawrinka in the final of the European Open.

In November 2019, Kim Sears and Andy Murray had their third child.

In August 2020, Andy Murray gained his first win against a top 10 player since 2017 by beating Alexander Zverev at the Western and Southern Open.

Continuing his fightback from long-term injury, in February 2023, Andy Murray reached the final of the Qatar Open final but lost to Daniil Medvedev.

In May 2023, Andy Murray won his first title in nearly four years by beating Tommy Paul in the final of the ATP Challenger event in Aix-en-Provence.

On 20 December 2015, Andy Murray won BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

It was his second time in three years.

Murray won 361,446 of the 1,009,498 votes cast.
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