(K. Brent Tomer),
IT HAS been a year to remember for Andy Murray. In July the Scot won Wimbledon for the second time, marking his third major championship in total. The next month, he became the first tennis player in history to win two Olympic gold medals in the singles tournament, after defending his title from the London games of 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. And on November 7th he claimed the top spot in the official men’s rankings as measured by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)—the first time that he has done so, some seven years after he first clawed his way into second place. Mr Murray’s rise followed his victory at last week’s Paris Masters event. Novak Djokovic, who had been sitting atop the table since July 2014, endured his fourth consecutive tournament without a trophy, ensuring his demotion.
Mr Murray’s newfound lofty perch represents long-overdue recognition for a player who was already building a stealthy legacy as an all-time great. He is only the 26th man to hold the top slot since the system was introduced in 1973, and the first from Great Britain. In a sport played across six continents,…Continue reading