Win! Andy Murray's new book
Wimbledon was for everyone
We have two copies of Andy Murray’s ‘Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory’ to give away
As an eventful 2013 for the Scotsman draws to its conclusion, this first-hand account of Murray’s journey to that fateful day in July offers a unique insight into his life on and off the court.
Aided by Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman, the book focuses on key moments on court, including that momentous final game on Centre Court which secured Murray’s place among Britain’s sporting greats.
“Wimbledon was for everyone,” Murray reveals in the book, “It was for my team, the media, the crowd, the huge TV audience.”
Of course there were many painful moments to endure along the way, and Murray discusses the heartache of losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, the tears which proved a turning point in his relationship with the British public, and exacting revenge on his Swiss to win gold at London 2012 just two months later.
Murray pays tribute to the coaches who helped him climb to no.1 in the world, from Ivan Lendl all the way back to his early years, when he made the brave but tough decision to leave home to join the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona.
A reserved character off the court, the book also gives an insight into Murray’s character – his dry sense of humour, his loyalty and fiercely competitive streak, as well as his close relationships with girlfriend Kim Sears and hitting partner Dani Vallverdu.
In one anecdote, Murray discusses how he celebrated his 2012 US Open victory with an upgrade on the flight home from New York. After a bottle (or two) of champagne, the newly crowned champion found himself mistaking the soap for toothpaste in the bathroom.
While Murray admits his career has been spent living in a goldfish bowl, the book provides rare insights into how the demands of the sport take their toll, revealing that he suffers from mouth ulcers in the run-up to Wimbledon every year. “They reflect how much I’m feeling the stress,” he says.
‘Seventy-Seven’ includes stunning images from Murray’s Wimbledon triumph, including some taken by the tennishead photographer Mike Frey, with personal shots and behind-the-scenes snaps giving colour to the story.
While the latter part of Murray’s year was blighted by injury and the ill-fated defence of his US Open crown, he will surely look back at 2013 fondly when he hangs up his racket. ‘Seventy-Seven’ excellently encapsulates the day he, and British tennis, will never forget.
For your chance to win a copy of ‘Seventy-Seven’, simply answer the question below by filling out the form on the right hand side of the page.
Which player did Murray beat in the final of the London 2012 Olympics – avenging his defeat at the same venue just two months earlier?
a) Rafael Nadal
b) Roger Federer
c) Novak Djokovic
The closing date for entries is February 26, 2014. No cash alternative will be provided. Tennishead terms and conditions apply.
This competition is no longer open for entries. The winner has been drawn from all the correct entries received by the closing date.