About Sir Andrew (Andy) Barron Murray
Andy Murray is a Scottish professional tennis player.
Murray is the first British player to reach the Wimbledon men's singles final in the open era for over 75 years, as well as the first British player in over a hundred years to win a tennis gold medal at the Olympics. In Sept. 2012 Murray won the US Open - beating Novan Djokovic in 5 sets in an epic match - 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 - the first British man to win a Grandslam title in 76 years. On 7th July 2013 Andy again reached the finals of Wimbledon and this time took the Championship title - beating Novan Djokovic in 3 sets - 6-4 7-5 6-4. He is the first British Wimbledon Champion since Fred Perry won the title 77 years ago.
Andrew Murray was born to Will and Judy in Glasgow, Scotland. His maternal grandfather, Roy Erskine, was a professional footballer in the late 1950s. Murray's brother, Jamie, is also a professional tennis player, playing on the doubles circuit. Following the separation of his parents when he was nine years old, Andy and Jamie lived with their father. Murray later attended Dunblane High School. Murray attended Dunblane Primary School, and was present during the 1996 Dunblane school massacre.
Thomas Hamilton killed 17 people before turning one of his four guns on himself. Murray took cover in a classroom. Murray says he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews, but in his autobiography Hitting Back he states that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton, and that his mother gave Hamilton lifts in her car.
At 15, Murray was asked to train with Rangers Football Club at their School of Excellence, but declined, opting to focus on his tennis career instead. He then decided to move to Barcelona, Spain. There he studied at the Schiller International School and trained on the clay courts of the Sánchez-Casal Academy. Murray described this time as "a big sacrifice". While in Spain, he trained with Emilio Sánchez, formerly the world no. 1 doubles player.
Murray was born with a bipartite patella, where the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of fusing together in early childhood. He was diagnosed at the age of 16 and is seen frequently to hold his knee due to the pain caused by the condition and has pulled out of events because of it.
Murray is in a long-term relationship with Kim Sears, who is regularly seen attending his matches. The couple are due to wed sometime in 2013.
Although Murray has made patriotic comments about his Scottish nationality his maternal grandmother Eileen Shirley Edney was born to English parents John Marsom Edney and Joyce Mary Anderson. John Edney was a solicitor born in Berwick on Tweed in 1901 and Joyce Anderson was born in York in 1906. The couple married in Berwick on Tweed in 1931.
John Edney’s mother Catherine Hush was born in Berwick in 1869, his father also John M Edney was born in the London area in 1857. The exact birth place given on the victorian census records on TheGenealogist.co.uk varies but with the majority indicating New Cross London. The occupation given on the Northumberland 1901 census shows his occupation as a potato trader, and previous occupations given as Corn Merchant and Shirt Machinist. His ancestry can be traced further back through the London area with forbearers recorded as Railway Clerk, Accountant and School Master.
Joyce Anderson’s ancestry however is predominantly northern, giving Andy Murray a very cross-country English heritage. Her mother Gertrude Golding was born in Sheffield in 1882 and her grandparents were born in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.