Andy Murray is a tennis player competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Great Britain.

Arguably the best British tennis player since the 1930s, Andy Murray has a career-high of second in the world rankings (he's currently No. 4), three Grand Slam finals, five consecutive Slam semi-finals, and 22 tournament wins, eight in the elite Masters Series. But without that Grand Slam title he remains a failure in the eyes of many in Great Britain.

Murray entered Beijing as a medal contender only to suffer a shocking loss to Taipei's world No. 77 Lu Yen-Hsun in the first round. "I think I messed up my preparation a little bit; I didn't quite anticipate how tough a journey I was going to find it from Cincinnati to Beijing and I got there maybe slightly late," Murray told the BBC. "I was very dehydrated after my match; I remember I had doubles later that day after my singles and — I never really do it — but I fell asleep for two and a half hours in between my singles and my doubles." Murray and his brother Jamie were also eliminated in the first round of doubles play.

Andy Murray understands that the Games are more than just an average tournament. "I don't know if it's the right thing to say, but tennis isn't the most important thing," Murray said. "I think being part of the British Olympic Team and getting to see all the other athletes — seeing the other sports as well — is what is really special."

When he's not trading blows on the court, Murray will likely be watching them being delivered in the ring as boxing is his favorite sport. And when not watching Great Britain's lightweight medal contender Frankie Gavin, Murray will try to get a seat to the Beijing National Stadium for track and field. "(Seeing) the 100m finals would be pretty cool as well," Murray said of getting one of Beijing's toughest tickets.

If tennis, for whatever reason, didn't work out for Murray, he could always try and make his childhood ambition of playing soccer come true. A fan of Ronaldinho of Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Murray's second love was nearly a second calling of sorts. "I'm pretty good at football; I played a lot of football when I was young," he said. "I played as a striker and got asked to play for the Glasgow Rangers when I was 13. I pretty much decided to take up tennis straight after that."

Andy is primarily a singles player — his current doubles ranking is 70 as of May 28, but he'll be trying to play more this year in hopes of improving his game so he can play at the same level as his brother, Jamie. With his brother currently ranked No. 26 in the world in doubles, Andy has said previously "I try to play doubles whenever I can. It's just obviously difficult trying to as singles is my priority. I'm looking forward to playing the Olympics with my brother. It's going to be a great opportunity. I don't think many brothers and sisters can (say that)."




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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: May 15, 1987
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthplace: Dunblane, Scotland, UK
Current Residence: London, England, UK


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