Andy Murray Facts
Professional tennis player
- Andrew "Andy" Murray was born at Glasgow, Scotland on 15 May 1987. He identifies himself as 'Scottish, and not British'.
- He was born with a bipartite patella. It is a condition where the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of fusing together in early childhood.
- He and his brother lived with his father after his parents got separated at nine.
- He attended the Dunblane Primary School, and was present during the Dunblane Massacre of 1996.
- He has spent his early days of learning tennis at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain.
- His tennis idol is Andre Agassi.
- His favorite musician is 50 Cent.
- Murray's post-match interview at the end of 2006 Heineken Open at Auckland raised criticism for his saying that he and his opponent played like women. Murray later clarified saying he mean to say that there are lot of breaks in serve, which is common in women tennis.
- Murray plays well over fast surfaces such as the hard court over clay court and is best described as a defensive counter-puncher.
- In September 2004, he won the junior US Open. Later during the month, he was selected for the Davis cup in Austria.
- He has been runner-up in three Grand Slam finals: the 2008 US Open, the 2010 Australian Open and the 2011 Australian Open, losing the first two to Roger Federer and the third to Novak Djokovic
- He is only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year.
- He is the only male British Wimbledon finalist of the Open Era, with the last male British Wimbledon finalist being Bunny Austin in 1938.
- He wears Adidas sportswear and in 2009, he was signed up for a three year deal worth £15 million.
- The contract with Adidas allowed Murray to keep his shirt sleeve sponsors Royal Bank of Scotland and Highland Spring.
- In June 2012, Swiss watch manufacturer Rado announced that Murray had signed a deal to wear their D-Star 200 model.
- As of May 2012, Murray has an estimated wealth of £24m, about half of this (£12.6m) won in prize money since making his professional debut in 2003, the remainder coming from sponsorship deals.
- 'Hitting Back' is his autobiography.