8 reasons why Andy Murray is Britain's greatest sportsman


Andy Murray has been working hard on the tennis circuit for more than a decade.

He has Grand Slams under his belt, an Olympic gold medal, and a Davis Cup victory to boot.

But is he Britain's greatest sportsman? What makes his achievements stand out above others'? We take a look to find out.

1. He won Wimbledon.

The oldest tennis tournament in the world, and for most, the tennis highlight of the year, Wimbledon is a British institution. When Andy Murray won the Championships in 2013, becoming the first Brit to do so since Fred Perry in 1936, he became a national hero. He fulfilled the hopes and dreams of tennis fans who had been waiting generations to see one man lift the trophy. Excuse us while we get the tissues...

2. Tennis matches are really hard.

Britain's Andy Murray serves the ball to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic during their third round match of the French Open
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While football matches last 90 minutes, Andy Murray's average match at the recent French Open was 2 hours and 59 minutes long. Tennis players have no team mates to rely on. They can't take a breather because they're in defence and Rooney is up front trying to score. Tennis players need intense focus and concentration 100% of the time. Their victories and losses are theirs alone, making the pressure unique.

3. He led the Davis Cup team to victory.

When Great Britain won the Davis Cup in 2015, it was their first victory in 79 years. With his brother Jamie Murray and his childhood coach Leon Smith on the team with him, the victory was even sweeter. But it really was a one man effort: Murray achieved the best individual run in the 115-year history of the Davis Cup, winning a record 11 live rubbers in a single campaign. He basically fended off whole teams of other countries to win the cup. And on top of all that, have you ever seen such a gent? Watch the moment when he wins one of the greatest trophies in sport, his team are on top of him, but he shouts "wait" and runs over to shake the hand of David Goffin and the rest of the Belgian team.

4. This is the hardest era of all time.


How many other players will say they had to face Federer and Djokovic, two of the best tennis players of all time, in order to win a Grand Slam? Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all feature in the top 5 men with the most Grand Slam singles titles, with 17, 14 and 12 respectively, and they're all playing in the same era. But despite this being the hardest time to be a tennis player, Murray doesn't give up. He works hard, powers through, and gets results.

5. He just won Queen's for the fifth time.

Great Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning the final during day seven of the 2016 AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London.
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It might be the tennis tournament you've never heard of, but Murray has won the Aegon Championships, otherwise known as the Queen's Cup, for the fifth time, the only tennis player in history to achieve this feat. It shows that even when it's not a slam, Murray consistently drives for success, doesn't give up, and has the passion and commitment to be a real sporting hero.

6. He started from nowhere.

Andrew Murray holding his U.S. Open boys singles trophy with mother Judy outside his home in Dunblane, Scotland. After the 17 year old seeded third came through in straight sets 6-4 6-2 to claim the first Grand Slam of his career.
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Football is a way of life for lots of British school children: a PE staple, after-school clubs, and if you're serious about it the chance to be picked up by a local or professional team from a young age. Tennis doesn't fare so well. So it's especially amazing that the world number two tennis player hails from Dunblane, where the hard, rainy courts of Scotland could hardly compete with the elite tennis academies his future opponents were training at.

7. He won Olympic Gold single handedly.

Great Britain's Andy Murray wears his Olympic Gold and Silver Medals at the Olympic Tennis Venue, Wimbledon.
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At London 2012. Is there anything else to say?

8. He's no celebrity.

While Lewis Hamilton is chilling at a boat party in Monaco, Andy Murray is training on the court. While Jack Wilshere smokes at a Las Vegas pool party, Andy Murray is in an ice bath. He doesn't court celebrity, and isn't in it for the fame or money. He has a single-mindedness about tennis that shows the sport is the most important thing to him.