British number one Andy Murray was named as ‘Aegon Player of the Year’ for the third consecutive year running, at this years British Tennis Awards, held at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday evening,
Andy and this years Wimbledon Trophy (Source:www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)
Murray who had to retire from this years World Tour Finals due to recent back surgery was not at the ceremony to collect his award from LTA President Peter Bretherton and Senior Sponsorship Consultant from Aegon, Julie Preston. What a year its been for Murray! Winning the Wimbledon Mens Singles title and the nations hearts too, he ended the country’s seventy-seven year wait for a male singles Wimbledon winner when he defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets. He reached number two in the world, was runner-up 2013 at the Australian Open, won the Miami Masters and was an integral member of the Great Britain Davis Cup team that were promoted to the World Group, after their fantastic 4-1 win over Croatia.
It’s a busy week for Murray, as tomorrow (7th November) sees the release of his book ‘SEVENTY-SEVEN My Road to Wimbledon Glory’ published by Headline. The book follows his personal journey through his career to date including winning Olympic Gold and becoming the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for seventy-seven years. The Amazon.co.uk blurb says “Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he will share with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world – his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. This beautiful and very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy’s career so far.” If you want to read a sneak peek, then check out Murray’s Facebook page where he has shared an extract of the book ahead of tomorrow’s official release.
Murray ranked at 33rd (Source:http://www.atpworldtour.com)
As if receiving ‘Player of The Year’ and having a book released isn’t enough for one week, Murray has also been named in the AskMen’s Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2013 for the second year running, a list topped this year by business magnate Elon Musk that also includes actor Bryan Cranston (Walter White of Breaking Bad fame). Murray is at number thirty-two (one place up from last year) after AskMen’s readers voted on which male figures had made the biggest impact over the last year. This comes after Murray’s heroic win at Wimbledon, his 2012 Olympic victory and receiving his OBE. This is the seventh consecutive year that an ATP World Tour player has been named among the Top 49 Most Influential Men with Roger Federer (2007 & 2009), Rafael Nadal (2008 & 2010) and Djokovic in 2011. Check out all the contenders on the online men’s magazine at http://www.askmen.com