Andy Murray the Making of the 2012 US Open Champion: Part 1

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Andy Murray the Making of the 2012 US Open Champion: Part 1
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2012 US Open finalist Novak Djokovic and champion Andy Murray

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray was born May 15, 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland, and grew up with his elder brother Jamie, in Dunblane near Stirling.

His mother, Judy, the current Great Britain Fed Cup Captain, was an outstanding player and won 64 Scottish titles.

Having decided the pro tour wasn’t for her, Judy decided instead to concentrate on becoming a coach, and whilst raising a family, also ran a children’s clothes shop.

Murray’s father Willie worked in the retail trade.

EARLY YEARS

As toddlers, Murray and Jamie played various sports in the garden at their home. Later, along with other children, they took part in their mother’s coaching sessions at the nearby Dunblane sports club.

Initially, Murray wasn’t as good a player as Jamie (who is 15 months older) and Judy spent extra time feeding him balls to help his coordination.

Murray soon improved, and although he played his first tournament at age five, tennis was just one of the many sports he and Jamie tried along with golf, rugby and gymnastics.

He was most taken by football, which his maternal grandfather, Roy Erskine, had played professionally for Hibernian.

In the mid-1990s, Judy became Scottish National Coach, and organized trips for groups of the best Scottish juniors, including Murray and Jamie, around Great Britain.

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