Great Britain are Davis Cup champions for the first time in 79 years. Congratulations to Captain Leon Smith and all of the players. But I am writing this article as a tribute to the main reason GB won the Davis Cup, Andy Murray. Andy Murray won both of his singles matches and assisted his brother, doubles specialist Jamie Murray, as Britain took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best of five contest and were crowned the Champions for the first time in the modern era. Whilst certainly a team effort, who can forget Dan Evans beating John Isner in the singles against the USA, Murray won 11 straight singles matches to catapult his way into British Tennis history. There can now be no argument that Murray is not our greatest ever Tennis player, if he was not already.
I recall in around 2005 when a very young Murray, who had recently made it onto the ATP tour, was interviewed by Sue Barker on Sports Personality of the Year and Murray said his goal was to get into the top 50 in the rankings. I always remember this interview because with around $50 million in prize money and countless more riches in sponsorship later, he has exceeded our wildest expectations. Without him British Tennis would have had nothing significant to shout about since the retirement of former fan favourite Tim Henman.
I always remember watching Murray battle against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon in 2008, where Murray came back from 2-0 sets down to beat Gasquet 3-2 with some amazing clutch play when looking all but beaten as the turning point in his career. That tournament began a trend he has maintained since of making it to the business end of all Grand Slam tournaments in an era that has seen Murray compete for glory against three of all time greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
About to become a Father for the first time in 2016 with wife Kim, Murray's sporting legacy is already secured.