Murray’s marvellous season could propel British tennis

ANDY Murray has already staked his claim as a tennis legend, with an incredible year on the courts.

2016 saw Andy win his second Wimbledon title, overcoming Canadian world No. 3 Milos Raonic, and most recently beating former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 Arena in London.

Alongside these, Murray has also become the first male in history to successfully win two male singles gold medals, and was also the first Olympian to ever defend a singles tennis title.

Mighty Murray isn't looking to rest as he is expected to head to Miami for pre-season training in the coming weeks Source:By Carine06 from UK (Andy Murray) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Mighty Murray isn’t looking to rest as he is expected to head to Miami for pre-season training in the coming weeks. Source: By Carine06 from UK (Andy Murray) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Murray ended his season by impressively winning his last 24 consecutive matches, reaching the finals of 12 of his last 13 tournaments, and winning five titles in a row in his last five tournaments.

This incredible end of year push saw Murray earn the world No. 1 spot for the first time in his career, defeating all of his fellow top 5 competitors in his last 4 matches.

Alongside his brother Jamie, who ranked No. 1 in doubles for the first half of 2016, the Murray boys have propelled British tennis to new heights.

The two Scots’ tremendous seasons could just be what the British tennis scene needs to inspire young generations to take up the sport.

You probably won't see Andy Murray training at Southampton's East Park courts but you could see more and more people using courts like these
You probably won’t see Andy Murray training at Southampton’s East Park courts but you could see more and more people using courts like these hoping to channel a bit of Murray magic

Tennis clubs up and down Britain will undoubtedly be experiencing an influx of members, young and old, motivated by the brothers sporting achievements.

Our reporter Greg Medlin spoke to freelance journalist, former Solent Tennis Captain, and David Lloyd tennis coach Dominic Dietrich about Andy Murray’s success, and what he thinks this could mean for the future of British tennis.
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by Ryan Cook & Greg Medlin (@GregMedlin57)