Andy Murray is the greatest tennis player that Great Britain has ever produced, and he is enjoying the best year of his career. Twice a Wimbledon champion, Murray came to prominence when he won the US Open junior title in 2004. A year later he won his first ATP World Tour matches, and has spent most of the past decade inside the World’s Top 5. He won Olympic gold in London 2012, and followed it by lifting his first Grand Slam title at the US Open a couple of months later. Nine months on, he arrived at Wimbledon in perfect condition, and put behind him the disappointment of 12 months earlier by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to become the first British male Wimbledon champion for 77 years. In 2015, he led Great Britain to a first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years. This year, Murray has won Wimbledon for a second time, Olympic gold, and reached the finals of the Australian and French Opens. He is married to Kim, father to Sophia, and they have two dogs – Maggie Mayhem and Rusty Rascal.
TIE BREAK STRENGTHS
NERVES OF STEEL
Nerves of steel. Any British man who can successfully serve for a Wimbledon title – twice – can handle the pressure of Tie Break Tens.
THE BEST RETURN-OF-SERVE IN TENNIS
The best return-of-serve in tennis. With the eyes of a hawk and two hands on his backhand, he managed to return a serve of 147mph in this year’s Wimbledon final, and win the point.
Speed. No tennis player works harder in the off-season, pounding around the running track in Miami. And, at 29 years of age, he is in his prime.