By Jake Davies

History was made on a sunny day in SW19 when Andy Murray finally snapped the 77-year wait for a Wimbledon Men’s champion – and we review his long road to that historic victory.

The Facts

Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory

Published: June 2014

 

Summary

Andy Murray is one of Britain’s best loved athletes. On the 7th July 2013 he became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years. His new book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven, will take us on a personal journey through his career. Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he will share with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world – his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. This very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy’s career so far.

 

Review

Andy Murray is one of Britain’s most loved athletes. This particular book focuses on his unbelievable achievement of becoming the first  British man to win the Wimbledon title in 77 years. An accomplishment that felt unrealistic and unfathomable for quite a long time, but Murray managed to make that dream a reality in 2013, when he beat Novak Djokovic in that final.

The way Murray has been portrayed in the media and among many tennis fans has often been way off the mark and is not a true reflection of the man away from the tennis courts. This book does a great job of allowing us to glimpse into how the real Murray operates and enables him to talk through one of his biggest career wins – what it took to go from virtually nowhere to suddenly being one of the most decorated and celebrated British athletes.

Sometimes it gets taken for granted at how hard it is to become a major winner, particularly in this era with the likes of Roger Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and now Stan Wawrinka sweeping up many major wins. The positives of this honest account from Murray is that he discusses the difficult journey he has been riding since he turned pro in 2005 and reveals how at times it has not always plain sailing. There are many low moments as well as high moments in a professional tennis players career and Murray is no different.

The sensational thing about Murray, having followed his career extensively, is that he has worked very hard to get to the position he is in  – it has been no overnight job. The Wimbledon win was a result of years and years of repetition, meticulous preparation for each and every match and trying to be the best professional he could be. Murray manages to get this point across in this wonderful account of that memorable Wimbledon win.

The Brit also discusses his triumph at the 2012 Olympics in London, his first ever Grand Slam title at the US Open and details the emotions riding on the final game of his 2013 Wimbledon win.

 

Audience

The book is a must for any huge Murray fan but even if you possess an interest in sports in general it is a book that may just be the right book for you, as Murray gives great insight on what makes a professional athlete tick and what makes them get up in the morning with a drive to succeed.

 

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