2014 In Review
Andy Murray, Abu Dhabi fan favorite and winner of the inaugural 2009 Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC), is making his fourth appearance at the tournament this January. Murray’s year kicked off at the Qatar Open in Doha, where he played his first ATP tournament since having back surgery in September 2013. He then battled the heat and opponents at the 2014 Australia Open, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to Rodger Federer in their fifth meeting at a Grand Slam.
The Scotsman started the spring hard-court season in style as he her represented Great Brittan in the first round of the Davis Cup, winning both his singles rubbers. It was the first time that Great Brittan had reached the quarterfinals at the Davis Cup since 1986.
Mid-season following the Indian Wells Masters, Murray mutually split with his coach Ivan Lendl. He then went on to play the Miami Masters defeating fellow MWTC player, Jo-Wilifried Tsonga, his first top-20 player victory since returning from surgery. After naming Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, the Italian Open saw Murray find his stride as he met Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Murray later reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before ending his 17-match winning streak as he fell to Grigor Dimitrov in a thrilling match which had tennis fans on the edge of their seats. Murray played through the quarter finals at both the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters following Wimbledon.
After a defeat at the US open to Djokovic in the quarterfinal, Andy Murray picked up his first title at the 2014 Shenzhen Open held in the end of September, defeating Tommy Robredo in 5-7, 7-6(9), 6-1.
Murray continues to train under Amelie Mauresmo, and is excited to start the 2015 tennis season in Abu Dhabi this year.
Full name Andrew Murray, his mother, Judy, is a former Scottish national coach and his father, William, is a Retail Area Manager. He has one older brother, Jamie, who also plays on the ATP circuit. Andy grew up playing soccer and tennis and was once offered the chance to play with the Glasgow Rangers soccer team. When he was 15 he moved to Barcelona to further his tennis training. He won the 2003 Canadian Open junior title and finished with a junior ranking of No. 6 that year. He won the US Open junior title in 2004 and advanced to the junior doubles semi-finals, with his brother Jamie, in the same year. Murray finished the 2004 season as the No. 10 ranked junior in the world. He was a semi-finalist at the 2005 French Open junior.
His favorite surface is hard court and he considers his serve the best part of his game. Murray was awarded the 2004 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award and was twice named the LTA’s Young Player of the Year.
Murray is a big fan on the TV comedy show ‘Entourage’ and his favorite musician is 50 Cent. He has two dogs, Maggie May and Rusty, who shot to fame after Murray posted a picture of them wearing his London 2012 Olympic Gold and Silver medals on Twitter.