In celebration of his 31st birthday, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Andy Murray. (Photo: Instagram)
He picked up tennis very early. Murray was encouraged to start playing tennis at the age of three by his mother, Judy, who helped trigger his interest by taking him to the local courts. (Photo: Instagram)
Andy could’ve been a footballer! He confessed that he turned down an offer from Scottish club Glasgow Rangers to train with them at the age of 14 in order to concentrate on his tennis career. (Photo: WENN)
Andy has spoken about how at the beginning of his career he did not pay much attention to his diet, saying, “When I first played at Wimbledon I ate pizza before my matches and was staying in someone’s basement, so I’ve come a pretty long way.” (Photo: Instagram)
He isn’t the only sportsperson in his family. His older brother Jamie is also a professional tennis player, who concentrates on Doubles, and is currently ranked fifth in the world. (Photo: Instagram)
He owns a unique Olympic record. Murray is the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic Gold medals, winning the singles titles at both the 2012 London Games as well as in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Instagram)
Sir Andy Murray, as he is officially known now, was knighted by the British Empire after a sensational year in 2016 on the court, when he won Wimbledon, the Olympic Gold medal and ended the year as the world number one. (Photo: Instagram)
They are one of the greatest tennis rivals of the modern era, but away from the court, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are actually great mates! (Photo: WENN)
Andy Murray is the feminist that tennis needs. When he was asked whether he identify as a feminist, he answered: “I’m pro everyone being equal and if that’s being a feminist then you could say so, yes.” (Photo: WENN)
Murray is married to his teenage love, model Kim Sears. She has been a spectator at his matcher for over a decade. The couple welcomed their second child, a baby girl, on November 2017. (Photo: WENN)
He is also daddy to two dogs, Maggie and Rusty. “I know that no matter what’s happened on the tennis court, whether I win or lose, when I get home they’ll always be waiting for me and will always treat me exactly the same.” (Photo: Instagram)
He’s a talented tennis player—but his success also relays on a bit of good luck. Murray’s only superstition is that he won’t hold a trophy he hasn’t won for fear it will bring him bad luck. (Photo: Instagram)
Although he’s had a rough couple of months due to a hip injury that has pulled him out of the top 30 in men’s singles, there’s no denying that Andy Murray is one of the greatest professional tennis players of the modern era.
With an impressive ranking during the past decade, multiple Grand Slam titles, and a unique Olympic record, Andy Murray has cemented himself as one of Britain’s greatest sports icon of all times.
But despite his fame in tennis world, this Scottish legend prefers to live away from the spotlight and keep his private life—well, private! And though there isn’t a ton of publicly available information about Andy’s life outside the courts, we’ve still managed to gather some lesser known facts about him.
In celebration of his 31st birthday, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Andy Murray.