Meet Andy Murray, a British professional tennis player who is the favourite to win the Australian Open title, according to the bookmakers. Murray has never won a Grand Slam title but has been the most consistent player last summer. See photos, video and a biography of Andy Murray here.
Murray will try to become the first British to win a Grand Slam after 1936. He has been through the fourth round of the Slams only twice and his best performance is just the 2008 US Open final. Still, he beats the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic for the first major title of 2009.
“I just think my improvement physically is the one thing that has made a huge difference to all of my game, from the serve, to balance on wide balls, to being able to hang in better in long matches,” he said.
As a biography, Andy Murray was born on 15 May 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland so his age is 21. He started paying tennis at a very early age of 2 and was “unbelievably competitive” just three years later, according to his coach. He used to play with his brother Jaime who has been the second-best junior player in the world. Later, he moved to Spain to train with Emilio Sánchez, a former No.1 Doubles player.
Murray won the junior US Open in 2004 and was chosen as a member of the British Davis Cup team. He was awarded the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
He started his professional ATP career in 2005 and reached the third round of Wimbledon that year. He also became the youngest Briton to play in the Davis Cup. He later reached the finals of Thailand Open by beating the home-favourite Paradorn Srichaphan. The moment came in 2006 when he won his first ATP title SAP Open in San Jose, California.
Murray’s best performances include reaching the Final of 2008 US Open, quarter-final of Wimbledon in the same year and the fourth round of 2007 Australian Open. He was also a favourite for the Beijing Olympics gold, but crashed out only in the first round. Just recently, he won the 2009 Capitala World Tennis Championship by beating both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He is seeded fourth for the upcoming Australian Open.