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Yet More Success for the Murray Brothers

Andy Murray at the Australian Open Tennis in 2015
© Brendan Dennis via Wikimedia Commons

How much better can it get for the Murray family? Andy, the Wimbledon champion, gets his place in the sun as the world's number one. In February he and wife Kim had a baby girl, Sophia Olivia.

Andy is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion and Davis Cup champion. He was first ranked as British No. 1 in February 2006. He achieved a top-10 ranking by the ATP for the first time on 16 April 2007. Following his run to the final of the 2016 Paris Masters, Murray became world No. 1 on 7 November 2016, the first new player to top the rankings since Novak Djokovic in 2011.

Andy is currently competing in front of a home crowd in London at the ATP World Tour Finals. If he reaches a higher position than Novak Djokovic he will go into 2017 ranked as #1. Quite apart from the glory of being #1 tennis player in the world, it means being seeded at the top in the various tournaments.

Jamie Murray, who is Andy's elder brother, was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to his sport and charity. The 30-year-old from Dunblane received the honour at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Jamie specialises in tennis doubles and has won both the US and Australian Open titles with his Brazilian tennis partner Bruno Soares. The graphic on the right shows Jamie at the Australian Open ( graphic © Spekoek via Wikimedia Commons.

Speaking after the ceremony, Jamie said: "I never expected this, and it's not something you think about. It's amazing to be honoured like this for some of the achievements I've been able to do in my tennis career."

Judy Murray continues to support sport in general and tennis in particular for youngsters. She has won much praise for the many hours she has spent, sometimes ion awful weather, encouraging children to participate in sport and coach aspiring tennis players, sometimes from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Brother Andy was awarded the OBE in 2013.

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November 2016

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