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Sir Andrew (Andy) Murray


1987 -

Tennis player and first British Wimbledon champion since 1936. Born in Glasgow and brought up in Dunblane, Murray's mother is a noted tennis coach and he began playing at the age of just three. He attended the local primary school where, in 1996, he survived the Dunblane Massacre, in which seventeen died, by taking refuge in the headmaster's office. Murray completed his education at Dunblane High School.

In 1999, he became only the second Britain to win the 12-and-Under Orange Bowl World Tennis Championships in Florida (USA). He made his Wimbledon debut in 2002 as the youngest competitor in the Junior Championship. He won the prestigious US Open Boys' Singles title in 2004. Turning professional the following year, Murray reached the third round at the Wimbledon championship. Also in 2005, he became Britain's youngest ever Davis Cup player when he played a doubles match against Israel and reached his first ATP tour final in October in Thailand, beaten by World No.1 ranked Swiss player Roger Federer.

In 2009, Murray rose to No. 3 in the world tennis rankings, the highest position ever held by a British player since the computer-based rankings were introduced in 1973, and reached World No. 1 in 2016. In 2012, he became the first Briton to reach the Wimbledon Final since 1938, losing to the remarkable Federer, who won for the seventh time. Later the same year he beat Federer to win an Olympic Gold and taking a Silver medal in the mixed doubles. Murray won his first Grand Slam the same year; the first Scot since Harold Mahony in 1896. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List of 2013, and later the same year reached his career ambition of winning the Wimbledon Championship, in a straight-sets victory over Novak Djokovic, the first British man to achieve this since Fred Perry in 1936. In 2014, he was granted the Freedom of the City of Stirling, presented in Dunblane High School, and an honorary degree by the University of Stirling. He was able to repeat his Wimbledon victory in 2016 and was knighted in the New Years Honours of 2017.

He was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2004, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Murray married artist Kim Sears in Dunblane in 2015. The couple live in Oxshott (Surrey), but own the Cromlix House Hotel north of Dunblane.


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