ANDY MURRAY Biography

Autobiography



Andy Murray released his autobiography in 2008 under the name, 'Hitting Back', the latest version of the book, released in 2009, is called 'Coming of Age'.

Andy Murray speaks out about Dunblane massacre
Some of my friends' brothers and sisters were killed. I have only retained patch impressions of that day, such as being in a classroom singing songs.

The weirdest thing was that we knew the guy (Hamilton). He had been in my mum's car. It's obviously weird to think you had a murderer in your car, sitting next to your mum.

That is probably another reason why I don't want to look back at it. It is just so uncomfortable to think that it was someone we knew from the Boys Club. We used to go to the club and have fun.

Then to find out he's a murderer was something my brain couldn't cope with.

I could have been one of those children.


Anti-English comment was a "joke" gone wrong
I am Scottish. I am also British. I am not anti-English, I never was... what happened was a little joke that went wrong.

It was the time of the 2006 World Cup and England were due to play Paraguay. Tim Henman and I were being interviewed and before we started the journalist asked Tim about England's chances in the World Cup and asked me who I would be supporting.

He was making the point that Scotland weren't there. I got the joke. I laughed. We did the interview and the last question was: "Who will you be supporting?" Remembering our previous banter, I just said: "Whoever England are playing, ha ha." I had a smile on my face.

It was obvious I was joking. It wasn't reported like that. They made up stories about me buying a Paraguay shirt, the whole thing was absolute nonsense.


Andy Murray got fed up with Brad Gilbert
It was Groundhog Day. We spent days together, evenings together, ate dinners together. Imagine sitting next to someone in an office for eight hours a day and going home and having dinner with them - the same over and over. I just got tired of it.

There were little rows behind the scenes. People seem to think I'm too stubborn or strong-willed to listen to a coach, but I wasn't like that with Brad at all. I respected him.


Brad Gilbert gave his thoughts on the break-up

We were maybe two people who grew apart. I'm sure the injuries of last year didn't help. He had about six different injuries and still he was within winning one match to qualify for the (eight-man) year-end tour championships. Considering he missed so much, I thought that was a pretty good year.

Tennis is different from a sport like soccer. If a player and the coach don't get along, often it's the player, who is younger, who makes the changes if he wants to take a different direction. It's the nature of the business, I know that.


Andy Murray plans to live in Surrey
I'm lucky to have done sufficiently well in my sport that I could buy my penthouse apartment with a roof garden in Wandsworth and think about buying one in Miami.

One day I think I'd like a house in Surrey but am not so sure about taking off to live in exile somewhere, because the money that you gain might be offset by the amount of time you miss with your family and friends.

It is true that I am richer than I was when I was 15 but the last thing I've ever thought about on a tennis court is money.

You get nervous about winning a tournament: you don't get nervous about winning the $100,000 prize. Money is not the most important thing but I don't want to sound ungrateful.


Andy Murray is alcohol free
After two episodes in Barcelona I never drank again. I had a bad experience. I made myself look like a prat in front of my friends. The only reason I was drinking was to see what it was like to get drunk.

I hate the taste of alcohol. I don't even like champagne. I think beer is disgusting and I haven't tried whisky.


British tennis players are lazy
I'm away a lot of the time but I turn up at the National Training Centre in Roehampton, the multi-million pound headquarters of British tennis and no one is there. I'm often looking for a partner to hit with.

A large number of British players only practise half the days in the year. The LTA have built the facilities but the players don't make the best use of them. When I go to the gym there never seems to be anyone in there.

There is something wrong with the mentality and work ethic of most of the British players. There doesn't seem to be anyone who's brutally honest about it either.


LTA needs to stop wasting money
The LTA should not spend so much money on a number of the world's greatest coaches.

That does not mean I am ungrateful for my time with Brad Gilbert, but I think British tennis at this stage needs good, experienced fitness coaches and physiotherapists who understand the demands of the game.


Andy Murray has sense of humour
Contrary to my image, I do have a sense of humour. The Office is one of my favourite comedies and David Brent is simply the funniest character ever invented. It is so, so funny how much of an idiot that guy is.

Sometimes I meet people who remind me a little bit of him and I push them to try and say David Brent-ish things without them realising what I'm doing.


Biography



Andy Murray (born 15 May 1987) is a Scottish tennis player born in Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland. He prefers to play on clay courts but seems more than comfortable on grass. Murray is  190 cm tall (6ft3") and generally uses a double-handed backhand.

Early life
In 1996, aged 8, Andy Murray survived the Dunblane Massacre, in which 16 children and their teacher were killed at his primary school. Murray hid in the headmaster's office as the massacre occurred. He says he doesn't remember any of it.

Early career
Won the Orange Bowl in Florida at the age of 12. In September 2004, aged 17, he won the U.S. Open tennis Boys' title. Two weeks later, Andy Murray found himself a member of Great Britain's squad for the Davis Cup match versus Austria, although he didn't play in the team's 3-2 loss. In December he was named the Young Sports Personality of the Year at the BBC's famous awards ceremony.

Into the limelight
After his selection for the Austria Davis Cup match, Andy Murray was called up again in 2005, this time taking part in the doubles against Israel and becoming Britain's youngest ever Davis Cup player.

Andy Murray and David Sherwood produced a surprise win over the Israeli doubles team; at the time the World number eight pairing and who had reached the Wimbledon semi-final in 2003. This helped the British team to a 3-2 victory.

The Scot then went on to reach the semi-finals of the Boys' tournament at the French Open, but this would prove to be his last foray into the Junior events at the Grand Slams.

Stepping up to the seniors
Just prior to the French Open, Andy Murray turned professional and played his first senior tournament, being given a wild card to an ATP International Series Gold clay-court event in Barcelona. He lost in the first round to Jan Hernych.

This got Andy Murray his first senior ranking point - and he was soon handed a second wild card for the Stella Artois championship at Queens Club, England. In an unheralded run of form, he beat Santiago Ventura and highly-rated American Taylor Dent on his way to reaching the third round, before losing to sixth seed Thomas Johansson in three sets, after picking up an injury; sustained while collapsing with cramp when just two points away from victory. This ankle injury forced him to withdraw from another grass warm-up for Wimbledon, the Nottingham Open.

Miscellaneous
Before all his first four major matches on the senior tour (v. Dent - which he won, Johansson - where he was two points away from winning, Stepanek - which he won and Nalbandian - which he lost from 2-0 up) he has predicted/expected to lose, stating this publicly, showing mental shrewdness - some say.

Andy Murray has vowed to sign all autographs he is asked for - having been ignored by his idol Andre Agassi after a Wimbledon match as a child.

Having been born and bred in Scotland, Andy Murray becomes hugely annoyed when forgetful - often American - journalists refer to him as English.

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Andy Murray at the US Open in 2006.


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Andy Murray at the French Open in 2008.