Week 48: Hero – Andy Murray

by Charlie_East_West on November 29, 2015

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This week’s hero of the week award goes to Andy Murray for winning every single one of his Davis Cup doubles and singles matches throughout 2015 and which culminated with Great Britain winning the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936.

Britain are the word champions of tennis. This is a bloody bizarre statement to make because while Britain somewhat unfathomably won the Davis Cup (the World Cup of tennis) it is pretty bloody obvious that Britain are not the best in the world at tennis. Britain has only one world class tennis player, but by a quirk in the rules of the Davis Cup – where to win a match against another country, a team has to win three out of five matches over a weekend, Andy Murray has stepped up to the line and won every single match in every single tie of the Davis Cup in 2015. In every Davis Cup tie, Murray has to win two singles matches and a doubles match. There is absolutely no margin for error, because the other British singles match is normally lost (with one notable exception of James Ward beating John Isner when Britain played USA in the last 16 match). Andy Murray’s Davis Cup achievement has been one of the great sporting cussedness stories in British sporting history. A country has to win 12 matches to win the Davis Cup over a year. Murray won 11 of them.

The Davis Cup triumph is yet another addition to Murray’s mightily impressive sporting CV.
- Wimbledon champion
- US Open champion
- Olympic champion
- Davis Cup winner
- Umpteen ATP masters and tour wins
- World number 2

All of this has been achieved whilst competing within an era blessed with three of the greatest ever tennis players – Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. For Murray to have succeeded within this golden era of tennis is a testament to his willpower and undeniable talent.

There are a few things in sport that I never thought I would witness – such as Scotland winning a World Cup at rugby or football (no chance), a British male tennis player winning Wimbledon and Britain winning the Davis Cup. Andy Murray has achieved both the Wimbledon and Davis Cup holy grails for British sport against all odds.

As a footnote to all of this, Murray’s behaviour at the end of the Davis Cup completely personified him as a humble sportsman. Immediately after Murray had won his final singles match to clinch the Davis Cup for Britain, the whole British team ran across the court and jumped on him in celebration. Murray immediately unshackled himself from his jubilant teammates and ran over to the defeated Belgium team and shook the hands of their entire coaching staff and players before going back to his own victorious team. Even in the middle of glory, Murray’s first thought was humility in victory and sportsmanship towards the defeated team. He is a credit to both Scotland and Britain and he is a credit to his sport.

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John Stone November 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Yes, great achievement and he’s a great ambassador

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