02 Apr 2020
Mrs Eady's Sporting Hero

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My sporting hero – is Andy Murray – British Tennis star

In case you don’t know - a little background on his career.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 15, 1987, to Judy and William Murray, Andrew Barron Murray grew up in Dunblane and began playing tennis at age 3. A former competitive tennis player, Judy coached Andy and his older brother, Jamie, in their early years.

A most terrifying and horrific incident happened when Murray was only 8 years old which could easily have resulted in him never going on to have a career in tennis . In March 1996 he was sitting in his classroom at Dunblane Primary School, when an armed man (Thomas Hamilton) entered the classroom and shot dead 16 pupils and the class teacher before killing himself. During this event Murray managed to run away and hid in the headmaster’s office.

Although the incident will always be remembered one of the many things that Murray’s career has done is to enable Dunblane to be remembered for something else other than this catastrophic incident. Who knows if surviving such a horrendous ordeal had an impact on his strength of character and dogged determination to succeed?

His tennis success began in in 2004 when he became the World's No. 1 Junior after winning the U.S. Open Junior Title. Later that year, he was named the BBC's "Young Sports Personality of the Year."

He turned professional in 2005 at the age of 18. At this time he was not your typical tennis star. Looks wise, he was tall, skinny, unruly hair and often appeared petulant and grumpy, he was not one to play to crowds or the press. This was something later on in his career that he realised he would need to work on. However, his tennis was so refreshingly different, he went for unbelievable shots and amazed the crowds by nailing them. His backhand is a thing of beauty and at his best is the best in the world. What made me admire him so much was his tenacity, his apparent could not care less what others thought of him. The way he played with emotion and bravery unlike some of the robotic automated players that had infiltrated tennis at the time and for me took the passion out of the game.

As Murray grew into his Tennis shoes the crowds and the press came to understand what this young man was really made of. His desire to win took him on a path where he realised, if he was ever going to make it to the top of his game he had to take every aspect of the sport seriously. He made major changes to his training regime. Employing the best in the business to ensure physically he was at the top of his game, he knew that fitness had in the latter stages of some tough matches let him down. No stone was left unturned and it finally paid off. .

In 2012, he won a gold medal at the London Olympics and claimed his first Grand Slam title with a stellar run at the U.S. Open. His most famous triumph was at Wimbledon in 2013 to become the first British male in 77 years to win the tournament.

In 2016, he won both his second Wimbledon title and second Olympic gold medal.

Mrs M Eady