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Andrew "Andy" Murray (born 15 May 1987 in Glasgow), is a Scottish[3] tennis player, who plays for both Scotland[4] and Great Britain[5]. He is notable for his frequent outbursts of passion and natural talent.

In December 2005, he won the BBC Scottish Sports Personality of the Year Award, and the sport section of the Top Scot awards. Murray is the UK's best ranked player having reached a new career high ranking of 19.

Murray is 185 cm tall and generally uses a double-handed backhand. He is currently coached by Brad Gilbert.

Early life

In 1996, age 8, Murray was present at Dunblane during the Dunblane Massacre, during which 16 children and their teacher were killed at their primary school. Murray, however, says he does not remember any of it.

Between the ages of 11 and 13 Murray was a member of the Junior Tennis team at the Next Generation club in Newhaven, Edinburgh, where he played regularly.

Early career

He won the Orange Bowl in Florida at the age of 12. In September 2004, aged 17, he won the prestigious U.S. Open Boys' title. Two weeks later, he found himself a member of Great Britain's squad for the Davis Cup match versus Austria, but he didn't play in the team's 3-2 loss. In December he was named the Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Into the limelight

In March 2005, he was called up to play doubles for Great Britain's Davis Cup team to play against Israel, and became Great Britain's youngest ever Davis Cup player in doing so. Murray and David Sherwood produced a surprise win over the Israeli doubles team, who at the time were the World number eight pairing and had reached the Wimbledon semi-final in 2003. This helped Great Britain to a 3-2 victory.

The Scot reached the semi-finals of the Boys' tournament at the French Open, losing to Croatian Marin Cilic, and this would prove to be his last foray into the Junior events at a Grand Slam.

2005 tennis season

Considered Murray's breakthrough year, almost all of his ATP tour results have come on hard and grass courts, though he has claimed to prefer clay courts, a liking tied to his training in Barcelona as a junior.[citation needed]

Stepping up to the seniors

Prior to the Junior French Open in april, Murray turned professional and played his first senior tournament when he was given a wild card to an ATP International Series Gold clay-court event in Barcelona, his adopted home town. He lost in the first round to Jan Hernych. In May, he played a Challenger in Dresden, winning his first round in straight sets 6-3 6-3, and losing his second to an almost identical scoreline, 6-4 6-3. Neither matches were against notable opposition.

The Barcelona Tournament gave Murray his first senior ranking point, and he was soon handed a second wild card for the Stella Artois championship at Queens. There he beat Santiago Ventura and highly-rated American Taylor Dent in the first and second rounds respectively. In the third round, he lost to sixth seed Thomas Johansson in three sets after collapsing with cramp just two points away from victory.

Wimbledon 2005

Murray was awarded a wildcard for Wimbledon. He went into his first senior grand slam match at Wimbledon 2005 ranked 374th in the world, beating George Bastl - ranked over 150 places above him - in straight sets. In his second round match he beat the fourteenth seed Radek

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