Andy Murray, the 2009 champion in Abu Dhabi, is making his second appearance at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. He had a breakout year in 2012 winning three titles, including Gold at the London Olympics and his first Grand Slam title at the US Open where he defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets, becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry in 1933.
In January 2012 Murray hired former World No. 1 Ivan Lendl as his coach and promptly reached the Semifinals of the Australian Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He made a Quarterfinals appearance at Roland Garros, followed by a trip to the Final at Wimbledon, where he fell to Roger Federer 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. He moved up to No. 3 in the world rankings after his US Open victory.
Murray’s 2012 hard court record is 26-5, and he was the only men’s player to reach all four Grand Slam Semifinals in 2011.
Full name is 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 once he was offered to play with the Glasgow Rangers. When Andy 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 Semifinals, 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 Semifinalist at the 2005 French Open junior.
Andy considers the US Open the best place he’s played. 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.
He played his first full men’s singles match with the roof closed at Wimbledon on June 29, 2009 against Stanislas Wawrinka. Andy works with fitness trainers Matt Little and Jezz Green, physiotherapist Andy Ireland.
Murray is a big fan on the TV comedy show “Entourage” and his favorite musician is 50 Cent.