FROM THE Dunblane tragedy to Wimbledon glory and then sporting immortality Andy Murray’s life is one hell of a story.
Despite playing in a golden era where he faced three all-time greats in Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray scaled heights never seen before in British sport.
EPA13 Andy Murray kisses the trophy he wanted above all others, the mens singles title at Wimbledon
Instagram @andymurray13 Andy Murray posted this photo of his first ever tournament on Instagram, when he is aged approximately 11
Born into a country which had been starved of success for many decades, Murray rewrote the record books, winning three Grand Slams titles, two Olympic gold medals and, in 2016, became the undisputed world No1 tennis player.
Murray will be retiring this year, preferably after Wimbledon, but likely after next week’s Australian Open.
But his achievements will always be cherished and remembered.
It all began on the courts of Scotland where, under the guidance of his mother Judy, and boosted by the presence of older brother Jamie, a fierce competitive spirit and stubborn streak was formed.
Collect13 Andy Murray said losing regularly to his older brother Jamie made him so competitive
Collect13 Andy Murray was a schoolboy in Dunblane when 16 of his fellow students were murdered by Thomas Hamilton
Andy was eight years old during the 1996 Dunblane school massacre when former scout leader Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher before shooting himself.
In his autobiography Hitting Back, Murray reveals he and Jamie, then 10, survived by hiding under a desk in the headmasters’ office.
Murray says “some of my friends’ brothers and sisters were killed” and he had even attended a youth group run by Hamilton, who was known by his family.
When he became a teenager, a few years after his parent had split up, Murray declined the chance to train with Rangers.
Even though his grandfather Roy Erskine had played for Hibernian, Stirling and Cowdenbeath in the 1950s, he preferred tennis balls to footballs.
PA:Press Association13 When he won the boys' US Open in 2004 he dedicated the success to the victims of the Dunblane tragedy
PA:Press Association13 Winning the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 was the turning point in his career
Instead, he moved to Barcelona to pursue his dream of tennis.
Financially it was a burden on the family to live abroad and train.
Yet the gamble paid. At the age of 18, he reached the third round of the 2005 Wimbledon championship and announced himself as a serious talent for the future.
It was not an easy path, however.
There were bumps along the way.
He received negative criticism for joking in a newspaper interview he wanted “anyone but England” to win the 2006 World Cup.