Andy Murray OBE

  • Andy Murray OBE

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The first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon championships.

Biography

Having practiced tennis since he was a young boy, Andy entered his first tournament—Florida’s Orange Bowl—at the age of 12, and won. Five years later, he won the U.S. Open junior title. Later that year, he was named the BBC’s 2004 Young Sports Personality of the Year, and, in 2005, he became the youngest player to compete in the Davis Cup.

In 2006, with new coach Brad Gilbert, he beat Roger Federer in Round 2 of the Cincinnati Masters tournament. Also that year, he beat American star Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the SAP Open. By 2007, Andy was a three-time Association of Tennis Professionals titleist, winning both the 2006 and ’07 SAP Opens, as well as the St. Petersburg Open.

In January 2012, Murray won the Brisbane Open 250 tournament, claiming his 22nd ATP title.

Also in 2012 Andy made it to the Wimbledon final for the first time, winning his semi-final match against then French no.1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Andy’s victory made him the first tennis player from Britain to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938.

Murray avenged his Wimbledon loss at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, where he beat Federer to take his first Olympic gold medal, and upon winning the US Open in the same calendar year, Andy became the first man in history to win both Olympic gold and the US Open title in the same year.

He earned legendary status after winning the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first British man to do so since Fred Perry, 77 years earlier. In the final he beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Andy’s playing-style is best described as a defensive counter-puncher. His strengths include groundstrokes with low error rate, the ability to anticipate and react, and his transition from defence to offence with speed, which enables him to hit winners from defensive positions.

Advertising & Endorsements

Murray wears Adidas sportswear; in 2009 he was signed up for a three year deal with the sports brand worth £15 million. In June 2012, the Swiss watch manufacturer Rado announced that Murray had signed a deal to wear their D-Star 200 model and Andy appeared in a television commercial for the brand.

Murray is sponsored by Head and plays the YOUTEK Radical Pro with a Prestige grommet. He wore Fred Perry apparel until early 2010, when he signed a five-year £10m contract with Adidas. This includes wearing their range of tennis shoes. The contract with Adidas allowed Murray to keep his shirt sleeve sponsors Royal Bank of Scotland and Highland Spring.

At the beginning of 2015 Andy signed a 4 year sponsorship deal with American apparel brand Under Armour. As a US Open champion Andy has transatlantic appeal and is also perfectly positioned to connect the sports brand to a wider audience in the UK.

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