Let’s face it – we all need a pick-me-up following the Euros heartbreak. Naturally, England did an England, and despite Wales’s amazing efforts, it was still gutting to see them fall short at the semi-final hurdle. But wait – there’s a knight-in-shining-armour ready to rescue the British sporting summer: Andy Murray!
Fresh from beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a pulsating 5-set semi-final, Andy’s made the last four once again. It’s the seventh time Murray’s made it to this stage; most memorably, of course, the Scotsman won Wimbledon in 2013, ending a 77-year wait for a British men’s champion. On Friday afternoon (8 July), Andy takes on world number 9 Thomas Berdych; the winner will play Roger Federer or Milos Raonic in the grand final. Go Murray!
Andy’s success is a testament to his hard work, dedication, self-belief and ability to overcome some challenging times. Most poignantly, as a schoolboy he was a survivor of the Dunblane tragedy, and has since spoken movingly of his affinity for his hometown. Andy first picked up a tennis racket at the age of 3, and his childhood nickname was ‘Bamm-Bamm’ due to his competitive spirit. Aged 12, Murray won the National Junior Championships, and as a teenager, convinced his family to support his move to Barcelona, where he trained on the clay courts with top coaches. Murray has since described this life decision as a “big sacrifice” due to the costs, and because he struggled to focus on his schoolwork. But it sure paid off!
In his glittering career, Andy’s biggest achievements include winning two Grand Slams (Wimbledon in 2013 and the US Open in 2012), a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and being part of Great Britain’s first Davis Cup-winning team since 1936. He is a two-time winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, and is currently ranked number two in the world. An amazing life story, and it goes to show that a little bit of perseverance and sacrifice can go a long way!
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