Andy Murray – Slicker Than Your Average Tennis Player

Andy Murray is someone I admire very much. Yes, he may not be overly emotional or expressive on court, but that’s been serving him quite well in his career thus far (31 career titles, including Wimbledon and US Open). Apart from being an amazing tennis player, there is so much more to Andy than just being an exceptional athlete. Below, I have listed some important facts about him that may just inspire you and perhaps tempt you to jump on the Andy Murray bad wagon.

  • A talented soccer player, offered a place with Rangers Football Club at the age of 15.
  • His mother is the Federation Cup Captain for England, and has played a major part in Andy Murray’s career in terms of his coaching and training decisions.
  • Andy has a brother, Jamie who is also a professional tennis player.
  • In February 2013, Murray purchased Cromlix House, near Kinbuck, Perthsire which served as a hotel for many decades. The hotel was closed in 2011 due to financial difficulties, however Murray helped finance its re-opening as a luxury 5 star hotel. The hotel served as the location for his brother Jamie’s wedding.
  • In 2011, Murray hired Ivan Lendl as his coach and mentor in the hopes that he would guide him to grand slam success. That certainly was the case and a new trend had emerged where former grand slam champions began to work with the top players. Thereafter, Stefan Edberg was hired by Roger Federer and Boris Becker was hired by Novak Djokovic. More recently, Michael Chang has come on board team Kei Nishikori.
  • In 2014, Murray hired coach Amelie Mauresmo, former grand slam champion on the WTA tour. Since then, we have seen another female coach in Gala Leon Garcia, hired as the new Spanish Davis Cup captain.
  • Murray is managed by Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment and more recently signed a contract with Globosport, run by Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi. Murray was an early supporter of the new ‘Indian Premier Tennis League’, a major project of Bhupathi’s. The IPTL is designed for tour professionals both past and present to compete in exhibition style matches towards the end of the season in India. Murray felt that there was potential in promoting tennis in the Asian market and he capitalised on the opportunity. The event had its maiden year in 2014 and was a great success.
  • Has signed multi-million dollar endorsement deals with Fred Perry, Adidas and currently wearing Under Armour apparel.

I always believe that you truly know someone’s character based on the decisions they make in their life and whether or not they have foresight. Andy Murray is a quiet achiever and is certainly slicker than your average tennis player.