Tim Henman

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Tennis: 'Crowds will boost Murray' - Henman - CNN International
By Ben Wyatt LONDON, England -- Tim Henman, Britain's former number one and four-time Wimbledon semifinalist, has told CNN that home support could see Andy Murray walk away with the title at the All-England club this year. Tim Henman has told CNN the...
Tim Henman backs new Wimbledon roof - guardian.co.uk
The new roof on Centre Court lets in a lot of natural light, says the former British No1 Tim Henman. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA To stick the roof over the court was not the difficult bit, the difficult bit is air management because you cannot have...
Tim Henman urging patience as Laura Robson begins Wimbledon quest - This is London
There is always a danger of such a fledgling talent being crushed under the weight of expectation and Tim Henman, who knows all too well about such constraints, admits that it was a consideration before the decision was made to grant Robson a wildcard....
Alesha rules the court in SW19 - The Sun
Dixon, who trained with former British No1 Tim Henman to ensure she was up for the challenge, said: "I have a really big family and we always loved watching the tennis together — particularly Wimbledon. "I have very fond memories of Wimbledon as my...
Young tennis star sees dreams shattered - Edinburgh Evening News
By Sandra Dick A YOUNG tennis star tipped for success by Tim Henman and Andy Murray's mother Judy faces having her dreams of success shattered by the recession. Edinburgh starlet Emma Devine – widely considered to be one of Britain's brightest tennis...
BBC2, BBC HD, from 12 noon and BBC1 from 1.45pm - Mirror.co.uk
While we all hope for a final as legendary as last years showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and dream of victory for Andy Murray the line-up of talent to feature in the studio and commentary box is equally formidable. Tim Henman rejoins...
In search of the next Andrew Murray - Norwich Evening News
I thought Tim Henman was a fantastic player, world class, but if he wasn't from Oxford, a moneyed background and typified that look of a 'British gent', whiter than white then he might have inspired more kids to have a go....
Tim Henman smashes standard of British tennis talent - Mirror.co.uk
What does that tell you? "There has almost been a culture where a lot of our players want to blame others." Tim Henman is an ambassador for the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge. By investing in grass roots tennis, HSBC is supporting...
Henman - Fed the greatest - SkySports
Tim Henman hailed new French Open champion Roger Federer as the best player in history. Federer's maiden victory at Roland Garros completed a career Grand Slam and moved him level with Pete Sampras on 14 major titles. At just 27-years-old,...

Tim Henman

Tim Henman playing at Wimbledon, 2005

Infobox last updated on: 1 February 2008.

Timothy Henry "Tim" Henman OBE (born 6 September 1974) is a retired British tennis player. Henman played a serve-and-volley style of tennis that suited the grass courts of Wimbledon. He was the first player from the United Kingdom since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship.

Having reached six Grand Slam semi-finals, won 15 career ATP titles (11 in singles and 4 in doubles), and been ranked number 4 in the world, Henman was one of the United Kingdom's most successful open era male tennis players. He retired after helping Great Britain defeat Croatia in a Davis Cup match played in September 2007.

Tim Henman comes from a sporting family: his father Tony, a solicitor was accomplished at various sports, including tennis and squash. His mother Jane, a dress designer, played Junior Wimbledon and introduced Tim and his older brothers Michael and Richard to tennis as soon as they could walk on the family's grass court. His great grandfather played at Wimbledon. His maternal grandfather Henry Billington played at Wimbledon between 1948 and 1951, plus representing Britain in the Davis Cup in 1948, 1950 and 1951. In 1901 his maternal great-grandmother, Ellen Stanwell-Brown (or Ellen Mary Stowell-Brown), was reputedly the first woman to serve overarm at Wimbledon. His maternal grandmother, Susan Billington, appeared regularly at Wimbledon in the 1950s, playing mixed doubles on Centre Court with her husband Henry, reaching the third round of the ladies' doubles in 1951, 1955 and 1956. She was also the last person to serve underarm at Wimbledon.

Tim was educated at the Dragon School, Oxford and later at Reed's School, Cobham, where he passed 10 GCSE exams, combining school with a tennis scholarship. Between the ages of 10 and 17 he was a member of the David Lloyd Slater Squad, where he trained alongside a number of other young British tennis hopefuls. Henman won many titles at various different tournaments.

While still at school, Henman was diagnosed with osteochondritis, a bone disease (one form of chondritis). However, he kept playing tennis, and in 1992 won the National Junior titles in singles and doubles, deciding to join the professional tour in 1993.

On 11 December 1999, Henman married his long-term girlfriend, TV producer Lucy Heald. Together they have three daughters, Rose Elizabeth "Rosie" (born in London on 19 October 2002), Olivia (born 15 December 2004), and Grace (14 September 2007).

Henman supports Oxford United Football Club and is a keen golfer, playing off scratch.

Henman climbed up the rankings very quickly. In 1994, he was among the top 200 players in the world; by 1995, among the top 100; and by 1996, he had made it into the top 30 and won a medal at the Atlanta Olympics. He was the UK's highest ranked player that year, and won the Most Improved Player trophy at the ATP awards. He was subsequently elected to the ATP Tour Player Council and went on to win his first championship in January 1997. In March of that year, he underwent surgery on his elbow which kept him out of action for two months.

During his early career he became the first player ever to be disqualified from the Wimbledon tournament in 1995. The young Henman thrashed a ball in a fit of pique during a doubles match, striking a ball girl on the head.. He made a public apology after the incident.

Henman came to the attention of the wider tennis world in 1996 when he came from match point down to beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the first round at Wimbledon, going on the reach the quarter finals before losing to Todd Martin. By the time he reached the last 16 at the US Open later in the year, he was firmly established as a top player.

He won his first ATP Tour title in January 1997, beating Carlos Moya at the Sydney International event. He again reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon. In 1998 he went one better, reaching the semi-final for the first time, by which time he was ranked as one of the top 10 ATP players.

One of the tournaments in which he has been most successful is Queen's Club. He reached the final in 1999, where he lost to Pete Sampras, and went on to reach the final again in 2001 and 2002, where both times he lost to Lleyton Hewitt.

2001 was Henman's best Wimbledon year. He beat the emerging Roger Federer in 4 sets during the quarterfinal and gained a lot of confidence coming into the semi-finals since the defending champion Pete Sampras had been knocked out. Henman faced three-time finalist Goran Ivanišević, who was likewise seeking his first Wimbledon victory. Ivanišević took the first set 7–5 after breaking Tim's serve with a return winner. Henman took the second after a tight tiebreak that seemed Ivanišević's way from the start. When Henman won the third set 6–0 the odds were very much in Henman's favour, but rain came early in the fourth set. The resulting suspension enabled his opponent to recover, and when play resumed, Ivanišević took the set on a tiebreak. Rain came again in the middle of the fifth set. Henman netted a handful of easy volleys during one of his service games, giving Ivanišević the break. Ivanišević won the decider 6–3 and subsequently went on to win the title.

In 2003 Henman took his first and only ATP Masters Series title, winning the Paris Masters against Andrei Pavel. Henman beat several players of exceptional calibre, including Nikolay Davydenko, Sébastien Grosjean, Gustavo Kuerten, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick on his way to the final, and only lost one set in the entire competition.

Until 2004, Henman had never progressed beyond the fourth round of any grand slam apart from Wimbledon. However, at Roland Garros he took the tournament by storm, surprising many accomplished clay-court players with his direct serve-volley style, whereas the majority of competitors on that surface, opt for a baseline approach. His run finally came to an end in the semifinals, where he was beaten by tournament favourite and eventual runner-up Guillermo Coria after winning the first set, the first that the Argentine had lost during the championships. At that time Coria had only lost once on clay in some 70 matches. Henman then continued his form and reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Later that year, he added another grand slam semifinal appearance, at the U.S. Open, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer. Finally, at the end of year he qualified for the year-end Tennis Masters Cup.

In the 2004 Summer Olympics tennis event, Henman was seeded fourth and expected to do well, but lost in the first round.

In 2005, he lost in straight sets to Nikolay Davydenko in the third round of the Australian Open. This was considered a great disappointment, given his improved results at Grand Slams in the previous year, and it began a decline in form from which Henman would not fully recover. He went out in the second round at both the French Open and Wimbledon. In France, he lost in four sets to Luis Horna. At Wimbledon, he lost in five sets to Dmitry Tursunov after being 2–1 up; he narrowly won his first round match also in five sets, having been 2–0 down. At the US Open he lost in straight sets in the first round to Fernando Verdasco.

Henman ended an eight-match losing streak against Lleyton Hewitt on 25 March 2006, with a 7–6, 6–3 victory at the Nasdaq-100 event in Miami. The outcome was totally unexpected, but the Australian #1 didn't look strong throughout the match. However, 3 months later at 2006 The Stella Artois Championships 12-18 June June, Henman lost to Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 3–6, 6–2 in the semifinals and also lost to Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2006 in the 2nd round.

Henman did not reach a Grand Slam final and his results in the latter part of his career saw him slip down the rankings to 62, leading to him being unseeded at Wimbledon in 2006 for the first time in a number of years. At that Wimbledon championships, he lost in the second round to eventual champion Federer, 6–4, 6–0, 6–2, after a five-set victory over Robin Söderling of Sweden in the first round. Henman experienced improved results with his world ranking rising to 39. However, he continued to suffer from injury problems.

Henman was created an OBE in the 2003 New Year's Honours List. He was painted by Royal artist Christian Furr in 2005.

In September 2006, Henman played two tournaments in the far east. Starting in Bangkok, Henman reached the Quarter Finals where he lost to Paradorn Srichaphan 6–7 6–4 7–6 after being 5–2 in the final set and serving for the match twice. Henman put this tough loss behind him and reached his first final since 2004 (Indian Wells) at the AIG Open in Tokyo, losing to Roger Federer 6–3 6–3 after beating Mario Ančić 6–2, 6–2 in a convincing Quarter Final display.

The following week he faltered in the third round in Madrid to David Nalbandian 6–2 2–6 7–5 after serving for the match. During this match there was reported animosity between the players over a disputed line call. Henman and Nalbandian were seen to be having words during the later changeovers.

Although Henman was scheduled to play in both Basel & Paris at the end of the 2006 season he was cut short in the second round in Basel against the Swiss rising star Stanislas Wawrinka 2–6, 7–6, 6–4 in a match that he was in complete control of early on until he twisted his knee. He did not retire but resorted to a less mobile and thereby less attacking game that allowed Wawrinka to claw his way back.

On Henman's last practice session before departing for the Australian Open at the start of 2007 he injured his hamstring after having recovered from his knee injury and was forced to withdraw from the tournament because of a hamstring injury. He returned in time to enter Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami after withdrawing from Rotterdam & Zagreb but lost in the first round in both of them.

After these tournaments Henman travelled back to the UK to help defeat the Netherlands 4–1 by winning both his rubbers in straight sets in the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone match at the Birmingham NEC. The victory allowed Great Britain a play off vs Croatia for the World Group in October 2006, played on Court 1 at Wimbledon. Henman took part alongside Andy Murray.

Henman's poor luck with injury, draws and form continued into the 2007 clay court season with first round losses to Juan Carlos Ferrero 7–5 6–2 in Monaco, Nicolás Almagro 7–5, 6–1 in Rome and a poor showing against 18 year old grand slam debutant Ernests Gulbis 6–4, 6–3, 6–2 in the French Open. Henman's clay court season ended without a single set won. His Grass court season got underway on 12 June 2007 at Queens Club, but was put to an abrupt end by Croatian wildcard entry Marin Čilić. Henman lost by 2 sets to 1 (7–6, 2–6, 6–4). However, he ended the day on a high with a doubles victory with partner Lleyton Hewitt over Australian Jordan Kerr and Austrian Alexander Peya (5–7, 6–4, 10-8). An early loss at a grass court event in Nottingham bode badly for Wimbledon but in the first round Henman showed flashes of his former self to dispatch the 25th seed, Carlos Moyà, in another trademark Henman fifth setter, 6–3, 1–6, 5–7, 6–2, 13-11. However, his efforts were in vain, as he was knocked out in the second round by Feliciano López in 5 sets on Centre Court.

Henman announced at a press conference on 23 August 2007 that he would retire from Tennis after the Davis Cup match against Croatia in September 2007.

Tim Henman defeated his nemesis Dmitry Tursunov (who had won five of their six previous matches ) in the 1st round of the US Open 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in what many had assumed would be his final grand slam match. He did in fact compete in his final grand slam match on 31 August 2007 and was defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7–6 (7–2), 2–6, 7–5, 6–4 in the second round. Henman seemed slugglish compared to his first round match and threw away serving for the first set.

Henman played his final match in the Davis Cup tie against Croatia on 22 September 2007. The doubles match with Jamie Murray was played on Court 1 at Wimbledon which they won 4–6 6–4 7–6 7-5; Tim fittingly hitting the winner. The match put Great Britain in an unassailable 3–0 lead and back in the World Group, with the doubles win being added to singles wins the previous day from Henman and Andy Murray. After the match Henman told Sue Barker in an interview on BBC Television and in front of the Court 1 crowd, "It's occasions like this and fans like this that I will miss so much".

At the time of his retirement Henman had already committed to playing a Charity Exhibition at London's Royal Albert Hall during the Seniors Tennis Event The Blackrock Masters in December 2007. Henman's opponent was veteran Swede and former Wimbledon Champion Stefan Edberg, Tim won the pro-set 8–4.

Henman became part of the commentary team for the BBC coverage of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.

Tim Henman is scheduled to take part in a test event for the adoption of the centre court roof in May 2009 and is expected to play mixed doubles with Kim Clijsters against a husband and wife team of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.

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The Championships, Wimbledon

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The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the only one still played on grass courts.

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the gentlemen's singles final, scheduled for the second Sunday. As of the 2008 tournament, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and four invitational events.

The hard court Australian Open and clay court French Open precede Wimbledon. The hard court U.S. Open follows. The grass court Queen's Club Championships also in London is a popular warm up tournament for Wimbledon.

Wimbledon traditions include the eating of strawberries and cream, royal patronage, and a strict dress code for competitors. Play has often been interrupted by rain, though delays are set to be reduced with the fitting of a retractable roof to Centre Court that will be operational from 2009.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is responsible for staging the world's leading tennis tournament, is a private club founded in 1868, originally as 'The All England Croquet Club'. Its first ground was situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon.

In 1875 lawn tennis, a game devised by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier and originally called 'Sphairistike', was added to the activities of the Club. In the spring of 1877 the Club was re-titled 'The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club' and signalled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship. A new code of laws (replacing the code until then administered by the Marylebone Cricket Club) was drawn up for the event. These laws have stood the test of time and today's rules are similar except for details such as the height of the net and posts and the distance of the service line from the net.

The only event held in 1877 was the Gentlemen's Singles which was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player, from a field of 22. About 200 spectators paid one shilling each to watch the final.

The lawns at the Ground were arranged in such a way that the principal court was situated in the middle with the others arranged around it; hence the title 'Centre Court', which was retained when the Club moved in 1922 to the present site in Church Road, although not a true description of its location. However, in 1980 four new courts were brought into commission on the north side of the ground, which meant the Centre Court was once more correctly defined. The opening of the new No. 1 Court in 1997 emphasised the description.

By 1882 activity at the Club was almost exclusively confined to lawn tennis and that year the word 'croquet' was dropped from the title. However, for sentimental reasons, it was restored in 1889 and since then the title has remained The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

In 1884, the All England Club added Ladies' Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles. Ladies' Doubles and Mixed Doubles were added in 1913. Until 1922, the reigning champion had to play only in the final, against whoever had won through to challenge him. As with the other three Grand Slam events, Wimbledon was contested by top-ranked amateur players until the advent of the open era in tennis in 1968. Britons are very proud of the tournament, though it is a source of national anguish and humour – no British man has won the singles event at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, and no British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977, although Annabel Croft and Laura Robson have won the Girls' championship in 1984 and 2008 respectively. The Championship was first televised in 1937.

Wimbledon is acknowledged to be the premier tennis tournament in the world and the priority of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts The Championships, is to maintain its leadership into the twenty-first century. To that end a Long Term Plan was unveiled in 1993, which will improve the quality of the event for spectators, players, officials and neighbours.

Stage one of the Plan was completed for the 1997 Championships and involved building in Aorangi Park the new No. 1 Court, a Broadcast Centre, two extra grass courts and a tunnel under the hill linking Church Road and Somerset Road.

Stage two involved the removal of the old No. 1 Court complex to make way for the new Millennium Building, providing extensive facilities for the players, press, officials and Members, and the extension of the West Stand of the Centre Court with 728 extra seats.

Stage three has been completed with the construction of an entrance building, housing Club staff, museum, bank and ticket office.

It is planned a new retractable roof will be in operation for the 2009 Championships marking the first time in the tournament's history that rain will not stop play on Centre Court. The All England Club will test the new roof at an event called A Centre Court Celebration on Sunday 17 May 2009, which will feature exhibition matches involving Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman.

Wimbledon includes five main events, four junior events and four invitation events.

The mixed doubles event is not held at the junior level.

Matches in the Gentlemen's Singles and Gentlemen's Doubles competitions are best-of-five sets. Matches in all other events are best-of-three sets. A tiebreak game is played if the score reaches 6-6 in any set except the fifth (in a five-set match) or the third (in a three-set match), in which case a two-game lead must be reached.

All events are single-elimination tournaments, except for the Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles and the Ladies' Invitation Doubles, both of which are round-robin tournaments.

Until 1922, the winners of the previous year's competition (except in the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles) were automatically granted byes into the final round (then known as the challenge round). This led to many winners retaining their titles for successive years, as they were able to rest while their opponent competed from the start of the competition. From 1922, the prior-year's champions were not granted byes but were required to play all the rounds, like other tournament competitors.

Each year, the tournament begins on the Monday falling between 20 and 26 June, which is six weeks before the first Monday in August.

Wimbledon begins two weeks after the Queen's Club Championships, which is one of the men's major warm-up tournaments for Wimbledon. Another important men's warm-up tournament is the Gerry Weber Open, which is held in Halle, Germany during the same week as the Queen's Club Championships. Other important grass-court tournaments before Wimbledon are Eastbourne, England, and 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, both combining mixed events. The other women's warm-up tournament for Wimbledon is Birmingham, also in England. And to bring the grass court season to an end after the Championships each year there is a tournament held overseas at Newport, Rhode Island, US.

Wimbledon is scheduled for 13 days, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday with the middle Sunday a designated rest day. The five main events span both weeks, but the youth and invitational events are held mainly during the second week. Traditionally, there is no play on the "Middle Sunday", which is considered a rest day. However, rain has forced play on the Middle Sunday three times in the Championship's history: in 1991, 1997, and 2004. On each of these occasions, Wimbledon has staged a "People's Sunday", with unreserved seating and readily available, inexpensive tickets, allowing those with more limited means to sit on the show courts. Additionally, if the tournament is not completed by the end of the second Sunday, all remaining matches are postponed until "People's Monday".

A total of 128 players feature in each singles event, 64 pairs in each single-sex doubles event, and 48 pairs in Mixed Doubles. Players and doubles pairs are admitted to the main events on the basis of their international rankings, with consideration also given to their previous performances at grasscourt events. Currently (since 2001) 32 male and female players are given seedings in the Gentlemen's and Ladies' singles while 16 teams are seeded in the doubles events.

The Committee of Management and the Referee evaluate all applications for entry, and determine which players may be admitted to the tournament directly. The committee may admit a player without a high enough ranking as a wild card. Usually, wild cards are players who have performed well during previous tournaments, or would stimulate public interest in Wimbledon by participating. The only wild card to win the Gentlemen's Singles Championship was Goran Ivanišević in 2001. Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before Wimbledon at the Bank of England Sports Ground in Roehampton. The singles qualifying competitions are three-round events; the same-sex doubles competitions last for only one round. There is no qualifying tournament for Mixed Doubles. No qualifier has won either the Gentlemen's Singles or the Ladies' Singles tournaments. The furthest that any qualifier has progressed in the main draw of a Singles tournament is the semi-final round: John McEnroe in 1977, Vladimir Voltchkov in 2000 (Gentlemen's Singles), and Alexandra Stevenson in 1999 (Ladies' Singles).

Players are admitted to the junior tournaments upon the recommendations of their national tennis associations, on their International Tennis Federation world rankings and, in the case of the singles events, on the basis of a qualifying competition. The Committee of Management determines which players may enter the four invitational events.

The Committee seeds the top players and pairs on the basis of their rankings. However, the Committee does also change the seedings due to a player's previous grass court performance. A majority of the entrants are unseeded. Only two unseeded players have ever won the Gentlemen's Singles Championship: Boris Becker in 1985 and Goran Ivanišević in 2001. (In 1985 there were only 16 seeds and Becker was ranked 20th at the time; Ivanišević, however, was ranked 125th when he won as a Wild Card entrant.) No unseeded player has captured the Ladies' Singles title; the lowest seeded female champion was Venus Williams, who won in 2007 as the twenty-third seed, beating her own record from 2005, when Williams won as the fourteenth seed. Unseeded pairs have won the doubles titles on numerous occasions; the 2005 Gentlemen's Doubles champions were not only unseeded, but also (for the first time ever) qualifier.

The nineteen courts used for Wimbledon are all composed purely of rye grass.

The main show courts, Centre Court and No. 1 Court, are normally used only for two weeks a year, during the Championships, but play can extend into a third week in exceptional circumstances. The remaining seventeen courts are regularly used for other events hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The show courts will, however, be pressed into action for the second time in three months in 2012 as Wimbledon will host the tennis events of the 2012 Olympic Games. One of the show courts is also used for home games for the GB teams in the Davis Cup.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event played on grass courts. At one time, all the Grand Slam events, except the French Open, were played on grass. The U.S. Open abandoned grass for a synthetic clay surface in 1975 and changed again to a hard surface (DecoTurf) with its 1978 move to its current venue. The Australian Open abandoned grass for Rebound Ace, a different type of hard surface, in 1988, and switched to yet another type of hard surface, Plexicushion, in 2008.

The principal court, Centre Court, was opened in 1922 when the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club moved from Worple Road to Church Road. This change of venue was due to the huge crowd pressure at Worple Road to see the French phenomenon Suzanne Lenglen, and for which that ground proved completely inadequate.

Due to the possibility of rain during Wimbledon, a retractable roof has been installed and will be in operation for the 2009 Championship. The retractable roof is designed to close/open in about 10 minutes and will be closed primarily to protect play from inclement (and, if necessary, extremely hot) weather during The Championships. When the roof is being opened or closed play will be suspended. The court has a capacity of 15,000. At its south end is the Royal Box, from which members of the Royal Family and other dignitaries watch matches. Centre Court usually hosts the finals and semi-finals of the main events, as well as many matches in the earlier rounds involving top-seeded players or local favourites.

The second most important court is No. 1 Court. The court was constructed in 1997 to replace the old No. 1 Court, which was adjacent to Centre Court. The old No. 1 Court was demolished because its capacity for spectators was too low. The court was said to have had a unique, more intimate atmosphere and was a favourite of many players. The new No. 1 Court has a capacity of approximately 11,000.

At the northern end of the grounds is a giant television screen on which important matches are broadcast. Fans watch from an area of grass officially known as the Aorangi Terrace, but more commonly called Henman Hill. The "hill" takes its name from local favourite Tim Henman, who many fans once hoped would become the first British man to win the tournament since Fred Perry did so in 1936.

When other British players do well at Wimbledon, the hill attracts fans for them, and is often re-named by the press for them: Greg Rusedski's followers convened at "Rusedski Ridge", and Andy Murray has had the hill nicknamed "Murray Mound", "Mount Murray", or "Murray Field" (after the Scottish rugby stadium).

In the championship games, ball boys and girls, known as BBGs, play a crucial role in the smooth running of the tournament, with a brief that a good BBG "should not be seen. They should blend into the background and get on with their jobs quietly.".

From 1947 ball boys were supplied by Goldings , the only Barnardos school to provide them. Previous to this, from the 1920s onwards, the ball boys had been provided by The Shaftsbury Children's Home.

Since 1969, BBGs have been provided by local schools. As of 2008 they are drawn from schools in the London boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Wandsworth, as well as from Surrey. BBGs have an average age of 15, being drawn from the school years nine and ten. BBGs will serve for one, or if re-selected, two tournaments.

As of 2005, BBGs work in crews of six, 2 at the net, 4 at the corners, and crews rotate one hour on court, one hour off, (two hours depending on the court) for the day's play. Crews are not told which court they will be working on the day, to ensure the same standards across all courts. With the expansion of the number of courts, and lengthening the tennis day, as of 2008, the number of BBGs required is around 250. BBG service is unpaid and is seen as a privilege, but it is seen as a valuable addition to a school leavers curriculum vitae, showing discipline. BBG places are split 50:50 between boys and girls, with girls having been used since 1977, appearing on centre court since 1985.

Prospective BBGs are first nominated by their school headteacher, to be considered for selection. To be selected, a candidate must pass written tests on the rules of tennis, and pass fitness, mobility and other suitability tests, against initial preliminary instruction material. Successful candidates then commence a training phase, starting in February, in which the final BBGs are chosen through continual assessment. As of 2008, this training intake was 600. The training includes weekly sessions of physical, procedural and theoretical instruction, to ensure that the BBGs are fast, alert, self confident and adaptable to situations. As of 2007, early training occurs at Sutton Junior Tennis Centre, and then moves to the main courts after Easter.

Christopher Raby from Overton Grange School is the only ballboy to have been bag boy for two consecutive men's finals, in 2006 and 2007, both between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He carried Nadal's in 2006 and Federer's in 2007.

Dark green and purple (sometimes also referred to as mauve) are the traditional Wimbledon colours. However, all tennis players participating in the tournament are required to wear all white or at least almost all white clothing, a long time tradition at Wimbledon. Wearing white clothing with some colour accents is also acceptable. Green clothing was worn by the chair umpire, linesmen, ball boys and ball girls until the 2005 Championships; however, beginning with the 2006 Championships, officials, ball boys and ball girls were outfitted in new navy blue and cream coloured uniforms from American designer Ralph Lauren. This marked the first time in the history of the Championships that an outside company was used to design Wimbledon clothing. Wimbledon's contract with Ralph Lauren is set to last until 2009.

On scoreboards, female players are referred to by the title "Miss" or "Mrs"; married female players are referred to by their husbands' names: for example, Chris Evert-Lloyd appeared on scoreboards as "Mrs. J. M. Lloyd" during her marriage to John M. Lloyd. This tradition has continued at least to some extent.

Previously, players bowed or curtsied to members of the Royal Family seated in the Royal Box upon entering or leaving Centre Court. In 2003, however, the President of the All England Club, HRH The Duke of Kent, decided to discontinue the tradition. Now, players are required to bow or curtsy only if the Queen or the Prince of Wales is present.

Since 1992, Radio Wimbledon – an on-site radio station with a studio in the Centre Court building – has broadcast commentary, music and speech from 8am to 10pm daily throughout the championship. It also broadcast the draw on the Friday before the start of the tournament. Radio Wimbledon can be heard within a five-mile radius on 87.7 FM, and also online. It operates under a Restricted Service Licence and is arguably the most sophisticated RSL annually in the UK. The main presenters are Sam Lloyd and Ali Barton. Typically they work alternate four-hour shifts. Reporters and commentators include Gigi Salmon, Nick Lestor, Rupert Bell, Nigel Bidmead, Guy Swindells, Lucie Ahl, Nadine Towell and Helen Whitaker. Often they report from the "Crow's Nest", an elevated building housing the Court 2 and 3 scoreboards which affords views of most of the outside courts. Regular guests include Sue Mappin. In recent years Radio Wimbledon acquired a second low-power FM frequency (within the grounds only) of 96.3 FM for uninterrupted Centre Court commentary, and, from 2006, a third for coverage from No. 1 Court on 97.8 FM. Hourly news bulletins and travel (using RDS) are also broadcast.

For over 60 years, the BBC has broadcast the tournament on television in the UK, splitting time for the many matches it covers between its two main terrestrial channels, BBC One and BBC Two. The BBC holds the broadcast rights for Wimbledon until 2014 and it distributes its commercial-free feed to outlets worldwide. During the days of British Satellite Broadcasting, its sports channel carried extra coverage of Wimbledon for subscribers. One of the most notable British commentators was Dan Maskell, who was known as the BBC's "voice of tennis" until his retirement in 1991. Other regular commentators on UK television include British ex-players Sue Barker, Andrew Castle, Tim Henman and Annabel Croft; and guest veterans such as Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Tracy Austin.

Americans have made a tradition of NBC's "Breakfast at Wimbledon" specials at weekends, where live coverage starts early in the morning (the US being a minimum of 5 hours behind the UK) and continues well into the afternoon, interspersed with commentary and interviews from Bud Collins, whose tennis acumen and (in)famous patterned trousers are well-known to tennis fans in the USA. Collins was sacked by NBC in 2007, but was promptly hired by ESPN, the cable home for The Championships in the States. From 1975 to 1999, premium channel HBO carried weekday coverage of Wimbledon. Hosts included Jim Lampley, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, John Lloyd and Barry MacKay among others.

Wimbledon was also involved, unintentionally, in a piece of television history, on 1 July 1967. That was when the first official colour broadcast took place in the UK. Four hours live coverage of Wimbledon was shown on BBC2 (then the only colour channel in the UK), and although footage of that historic match no longer survives, the men's final that year is still held in the BBC archives because it was the first men's final transmitted in colour.

Since 2007, the most anticipated Wimbledon matches are transmitted in High Definition, on the BBC's free-to-air channel BBC HD, with continual live coverage during the tournament of Centre Court and Court No. 1 as well as an evening highlight show (Today at Wimbledon).

The BBC's opening theme music for Wimbledon was composed by Keith Mansfield and is titled "Light and Tuneful". A piece titled "A Sporting Occasion" is the traditional closing theme, though nowadays coverage typically ends either with a montage set to a popular song or with no music at all.

In Australia, the Nine Network are the official broadcasters of the event. It is the second of two Grand Slams which are broadcast on free-to-air TV in Australia, the first being the Australian Open which is broadcast by rival Seven Network.

The majority of centre and show court tickets sold to the general public are made available by a public ballot that the All England Club holds at the start of the year. A ballot for tickets has been held since 1924.

The ballot has always been substantially oversubscribed. Successful applicants are selected at random by a computer.

Wimbledon is the only grand slam where fans without tickets for play can queue up and still get seats on Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2. From 2008, there is a single queue, allotted about 500 seats for each court. When they join the queue fans are handed vouchers with a number on it and the following morning when the line moves towards the Grounds, stewards come through the line and hand out wristbands colour-coded to the specific court. The voucher is then redeemed at the ticket office for the ticket.

To get into the show courts, fans will normally have to queue overnight at Wimbledon. This is done by fans from all over the world and is considered part of the Wimbledon experience in itself. Those planning to queue overnight are advised to bring a tent and sleeping bag. Times to queue up vary according to the weather, but anyone queueing up before 9PM on a weekday should be able to get a show court ticket. Queuing for the show courts end after the quarter finals have been completed.

The Gentlemen's Singles champion receives a silver gilt cup 18.5 inches (about 47 cm) in height and 7.5 inches (about 19 cm) in diameter. The trophy has been awarded since 1887, has a pineapple on top, and bears the inscription: "The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World." The Ladies' Singles champion receives a sterling silver salver commonly known as the "Venus Rosewater Dish", or simply the "Rosewater Dish". The salver, which is 18.75 inches (about 48 cm) in diameter, is decorated with figures from mythology. The winners of the Gentlemen's Doubles, Ladies' Doubles, and Mixed Doubles events receive silver cups. The runner-up in each event receives an inscribed silver plate. The trophies are usually presented by the President of the All England Club, The Duke of Kent.

Prize money was first awarded in 1968, the first year that professional players were allowed to compete in the Championships.

In 2009, a total of £12,550,000 in prize money will be awarded with the singles champions receiving £850,000 each, an increase of 13.3 percent on 2008.

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Andy Roddick

Infobox last updated on: April 6, 2009.

Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1.

He is the 6th-ranked player in the world, and top-ranked in the U.S., as of March 23, 2009. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 U.S. Open. Roddick has reached three other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon twice, and the U.S. Open), losing to Roger Federer each time. He and Federer are the only players to have finished the season in the ATP top 10 each of the past seven years. Roddick is known for his powerful serves and forehands, and held the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, clocked at 155 mph (249.5 km/h).

Roddick was on the United States Davis Cup team which won the 2007 Davis Cup. Roddick defeated Dmitry Tursunov of the Russian Davis Cup team, the defending champions, in the finals.

Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jerry and Blanche Roddick. Roddick's father was a businessman, and his mother was a school teacher. She now directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick has two older brothers, Lawrence and John (All-American tennis player at University of Georgia (1996-98)), who were both promising tennis players at a young age.

Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 10, then moved to Boca Raton, Florida in the interest of his brother John's tennis career, where he lived until graduating from Highlands Christian Academy in 2000. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999. During that time period, he sometimes trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin.

Roddick began dating singer Mandy Moore in 2002. Moore, after reading a magazine article about him, thought he was really cute, so she sent her mom, who was attending a tournament in Toronto, to invite him to her set on a movie she was shooting nearby, "How to Deal." Roddick accepted, and they began dating. Roddick ended the relationship in March 2004.

Roddick was flipping through the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue when he spotted Brooklyn Decker, a fashion model. He had his agent contact hers. The two have been dating since at least the 2007 Davis Cup. On March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that he and Brooklyn Decker had become engaged,; they were married on April 17, 2009.

Roddick seriously considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17, when he had a losing streak in the juniors. His coach talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention. Roddick finished as the # 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999-2000, and as the # 1 junior in the world in 2000. He won six world junior singles and seven doubles titles, and won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000. In March in Miami, in the first round Roddick had his first major victory as he beat world # 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain, 6-4, 6-0. In August in Washington, DC, he beat world # 30 Fabrice Santoro of France, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final match. Roddick also won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ancic in the final. In 2001, Roddick defeated Michael Chang in 5 sets in the second round of the French Open. During Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević. He also defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion, world # 4, and fellow American Pete Sampras, at the age of 19, at the Miami Masters, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in March, and world # 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in August.

Roddick's breakthrough year was in 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of 2003 Australian Open. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set (21-19 in favor of Roddick) being the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours 23 minutes. (This was surpassed in 2007 during a Wimbledon men's doubles second round match, when Brazilians Marcelo Melo and André Sá beat Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in a 3 hour 5 minute match, with a 28-26 fifth set.) Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club (beating world # 2 Agassi 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) along the way) and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Federer in straight sets. He avenged that loss in August, beating world # 3 Federer in Montreal, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

Roddick's hardcourt record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles – coming at Canada and Cincinnati – and his first Grand Slam title. At the U.S. Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point against him in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1, 6-3. He then defeated world # 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston he defeated world # 7 Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and world # 4 Guillermo Coria of Argentina, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked # 1, the first American to finish a year at # 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.

In April Roddick again beat world # 6 Moya, this time 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 U.S. Open in a five-set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson. Later in September in Bangkok he beat world # 9 Marat Safin of Russia, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. In November he beat world # 7 Tim Henman of Great Britain 7-5, 7-6 (6), world # 4 Safin, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), and world # 6 Coria 7-6 (4), 6-3. Later that year, Roddick teamed up with Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the final in Seville. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. Towards the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine. Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the world # 2, the U.S.'s # 1, and the player with the most aces (1,017). In 2004 Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests (including close friends Ben Campezi and Dean Monroe) from a hotel fire.

Roddick's first 2005 tournament victory was the SAP Open in San Jose, California, where he became the first to win the event in consecutive years since Mark Philippoussis in 1999 and 2000. The top-seeded Roddick defeated Cyril Saulnier 6–0, 6–4 in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975. In March he defeated World No. 7 Carlos Moya 6–7 (4), 6–4, 6–1. In April, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. (He lost in 2003 to Agassi, and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May, Roddick had match point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco was attempted to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in, and the call was consequently changed. Verdasco went on to win the match. At the French Open, Roddick lost to the unseeded Argentine José Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon, Roddick lost to Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. In August, he defeated World No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, 6–4, 7–6 (4) at the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Roddick was defeated by World No. 70 Gilles Müller in the first round. Roddick's last US Open first round loss had been in 2000. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken.

Roddick's first ATP event of the year was the Australian Open. There he reached the fourth round before being upset by unseeded and eventual finalist, Marcos Baghdatis. At the French Open Roddick retired in the first round, after sustaining a foot injury during the match. Two weeks later at Wimbledon, Roddick was upset in the third round by British hopeful Andy Murray. This loss caused Roddick to fall below the top 10 for the first time since 2002. After Wimbledon, Roddick began working with a new coach, tennis legend Jimmy Connors. In his first event with his new coach, Roddick reached the final of Indianapolis before losing to good friend, and fellow American, James Blake. His resurgence finally came at the Cincinnati Masters, where he won the event by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, making this the first masters event he won since 2004. At the U.S. Open, Roddick easily won his first two matches against Florent Serra and Kristian Pless. He then played a thriller five-set match against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6-2 in the final set. Next he beat Benjamin Becker, who was coming off a huge win against recently retired Andre Agassi. In the quarterfinals, Roddick beat Lleyton Hewitt, avenging his loss in 2001, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Now in the semifinals for the first time since he won in 2003, Roddick played Mikhail Youzhny, and beat him 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-3. In the finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon a year prior, Roddick was to play world # 1 Federer. He lost however, 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, 1-6. He then qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, where he defeated world # 4 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-1, but lost in the round robin to world # 1 Federer 6–4, 6–7 (8), 4–6 in a tough three-set battle.

Roddick entered the 2007 Australian Open as the sixth seed. In his first round match, he lost a marathon first-set tiebreak 20-18, but eventually won the match in four sets against wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France. Roddick defeated 26th-seeded Marat Safin in the third round, and 9th seeded Mario Ančić in a five-set fourth round match. Roddick won his quarterfinal match against fellow American Mardy Fish 6–2, 6–2, 6–2. His run ended in the semifinals by world # 1 Federer, who defeated him in straight sets 6–4, 6–0, 6–2, making his head-to-head record against Federer 1-13. In first round Davis Cup action, Roddick helped the U.S. defeat the Czech Republic, winning his singles matches against Ivo Minář and Tomáš Berdych. Roddick reached at least the semifinals of his next two tournaments. He bowed out to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, California, a reprise of 2006. Roddick then defeated Murray in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, before losing in the final to defending champion Tommy Haas 6–3, 6–2. Reaching the final, however, enabled Roddick to overtake Nikolay Davydenko for the world # 3 position, his first week inside the top three since March 6, 2006. At the first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, after beating world # 8 Ljubicic 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-1, Roddick reached the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, lost to world # 2 Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–3.

Roddick then played the Miami Masters, where he retired from his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray due to a left hamstring injury. Roddick then helped the U.S. defeat Spain and advance to the Davis Cup semifinals, winning his lone singles match against Fernando Verdasco 7–6 (5), 6–1, 6–4. However, Roddick re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the Davis Cup tie, and was subsequently forced to pull out of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas. Roddick also announced that he would withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters, citing the injury. His next tournament was at the Internazionali d'Italia. After a first round bye, he won his first match against Gastón Gaudio, where he saved all three break points and fired nine aces. However, he was unable to stop Juan Ignacio Chela in the third round, losing 6–0, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Masters Series Hamburg tournament because, according to his website, he needed time to physically prepare himself for the upcoming French Open. Roddick was seeded third at the French Open, but was eliminated in the first round by Russian Igor Andreev in four sets 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6. Roddick was victorious at the Stella Artois Championships for the fourth time when he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the final 4–6, 7–6 (7), 7–6 (2). At Wimbledon, Roddick was seeded third and considered one of the pre-tournament favorites behind Federer and Nadal. He reached the quarterfinals after wins against Justin Gimelstob of the U.S., Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, and Paul-Henri Mathieu of France. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost in five close sets to Richard Gasquet of France 4–6, 4–6, 7–6 (2), 7–6 (3), 8–6.

During the summer hardcourt season, Roddick played four tournaments in four weeks. Roddick made it to the semifinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, where he was upset by Frank Dancevic of Canada 6–4, 7–6 (1). The next week, however, Roddick claimed his second ATP title of the year by winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. for the third time, when he beat American newcomer John Isner 6–4, 7–6 (4). He then lost in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal to Novak Đoković, and in the third round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio to David Ferrer of Spain. At the U.S. Open, Roddick defeated Gimelstob in the first round 7–6 (6), 6–3, 6–3. He won his next three matches, one in straight sets and the other two when his opponent retired. In the quarterfinals, Roddick once again lost to Federer 7–6 (5), 7–6 (4), 6–2, bringing his head-to-head record with Federer 1-14. There were no breaks of serve and only one break point total in the first two sets, that being on Federer's serve. Two weeks later, Roddick anchored the U.S. Davis Cup team during its 4–1 semifinal defeat of Sweden. Roddick won both his singles matches, opening the tie with a defeat of Joachim Johansson 7–6 (4), 7–6 (3), 6–3, and clinching it with a 6–2, 7–6 (3), 6–4 victory over Jonas Björkman. This was the ninth time in nine tries that Roddick has clinched a tie for the American team.

Roddick's then set his sights on the Madrid Masters, but pulled out, citing a knee injury. At his next tournament two weeks later in Lyon, France, Roddick lost in the first round to frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7–6 (5), 2–6, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Paris Masters, incurring a $22,600 fine for not fulfilling his media obligations at the tournament. At the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Roddick defeated world # 4 Nikolay Davydenko 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 in his first round-robin match, and then defeated world # 7 Fernando González in his next match to become the first player to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament. In his third and final round-robin match, Roddick lost once again to Federer, 6–4, 6–2 for the 15th time in 16 career matches. In the semifinals, Roddick lost 6–1, 6–3 to # 6 seed David Ferrer, who had won all three of his round-robin matches. This was Roddick's third semifinal finish out of the last five years at the Tennis Masters Cup (he reached the semifinals in 2003 and 2004, withdrew in 2005, and failed to advance to the semifinals in 2006 after a 1–2 round-robin record). Roddick finished the year by helping the U.S. defeat Russia and win the 2007 Davis Cup, its 32nd Davis Cup victory but first since 1995. Roddick won his rubber against Dmitry Tursunov 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, before James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan completed the victory. Having secured the tie with an unassailable 3–0 lead, Roddick decided to sit out his second singles match of the tie.

Roddick started 2008 strongly, defeating Ljubičić 6–3, 6–0, and Safin 6–3, 6–3 to reach AAMI Kooyong Classic final for four consecutive seasons. In the final, he defeated Baghdatis 7–5, 6–3 to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. Roddick was seeded sixth in the 2008 Australian Open. In the first round, he defeated Lukáš Dlouhý of the Czech Republic 6–3, 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, he defeated German Michael Berrer 6–2, 6–2, 6–4. He then lost to the # 29 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round in a 5-set match 4–6, 6–3, 6–7 (9), 7–6 (3), 6–8. Despite losing, Roddick served a career-high of 42 aces in a match. Roddick won his 24th career title and his 3rd title at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. He defeated the Czech Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5. Roddick's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championships. He made it to the semi-finals by defeating world # 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain 7–6 (5), 6–2, his first victory over Nadal since the second round of the 2004 US Open. The win also marked Roddick's first victory over a player ranked in the top two since June 2003. He progressed through to the finals by defeating world # 3 and 2008 Australian Open Singles Champion Novak Djokovic 7–6 (5), 6–3 in the semi-final. By making it to the final, he became the first American to reach the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships final in the tournament's 16-year history. In the final he defeated Feliciano López 6–7 (8), 6–4, 6–2, to win his 25th career title.

Following Roddick's quarterfinal match in Dubai, he announced that he had split with his coach of two years, Jimmy Connors. Connors had resigned a week earlier, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Roddick would continue to be coached by his brother, John Roddick. He then fell to former world # 2 Tommy Haas at the Indian Wells Masters in the 2nd round, 6–4, 6–4. At the 2008 Miami Masters, Roddick advanced to the semifinals after defeating world # 1 Federer 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 an hour after proposing to Brooklyn Decker, bringing his head-to-head record against Federer to 2-15. Roddick improved to 3-0 against top-3 players in 2008. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (5), 2-6. Roddick's next tournament was the Masters tournament in Rome. There he equaled his best result by reaching the semifinals, where he retired against Stanislas Wawrinka in the pair's first encounter, due to a back injury.

Roddick was forced to pull out of the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury. After a visit to a doctor in New York it was determined this was nothing more than an inflammation of the rotator cuff. His first tournament after the shoulder injury was the Artois Championship, his annual Wimbledon preparation, where he was the defending champion after winning the title last year, one of four wins at the tournament. In the tournament, Roddick defeated Mardy Fish and Andy Murray before losing to eventual champion Nadal in the semifinals. In the 2008 Wimbledon, Roddick suffered a 2nd round defeat to Serbia's Janko Tipsarević 6–7 (5), 7–5, 6–4, 7–6 (4). This was his earliest exit at Wimbledon. Roddick was beaten at the Toronto Masters in the third round by Marin Čilić, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. He was then forced to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters following a neck injury, which he said may have been caused by a poor sleeping posture. He stated in an interview that the neck injury had nothing to do with his shoulder injury. Roddick did not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics, with his reason being to concentrate on the 2008 US Open. In order to prepare for the US Open, Roddick then played in the smaller hard court tournaments in the US Open Series, including those at Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, Roddick lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the final, 1-6, 6-7 (2).

At the 2008 US Open, Roddick defeated Fabrice Santoro in the first round 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Roddick then won his next 3 matches against Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Seppi, and Fernando González. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost to the World No. 3 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5) bringing his head-to-head record to 1-2. Roddick captured his 26th ATP title in Beijing at the China Open on September 28, 2008. He defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3. The victory was part of Roddick's strong showing in Asia, as he reached the semifinal round of the AIG Japan Open where he lost to eventual champion Tomáš Berdych after squandering a 5-3 lead in the third and deciding set. In the third round of the Madrid Masters he lost to Frenchman Gaël Monfils in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. Two weeks later, Roddick reached the quarterfinals of Paris Masters by defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-3, 7-5, before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Due to his performance in the tournament, Roddick automatically qualified for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. At the Masters Cup in Shanghai, he played Andy Murray in his first round robin match and lost 4-6, 6-1, 1-6. He was then scheduled to play Federer, but retired due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Štěpánek. He hired Larry Stefanki as his new coach, and started working with him on December 1. Stefanki had previously trained John McEnroe, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Fernando González, and Tim Henman. Under his guidance both Marcelo Rios and Kafelnikov became world number one.

After losing the exhibition championship Capitala World Tennis in Abu Dhabi, Roddick began his 2009 season by playing at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. He defeated Ivan Navarro, Arnaud Clement, and Victor Hanescu in the early rounds. In the semifinals he beat Gaël Monfils in a closely fought match, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3, to set up a final with Andy Murray, which he lost 6–4, 6–2. At the first round of the 2009 Australian Open, Roddick beat Bjorn Rehnquist, before Roddick battled from a set down to defeat Xavier Malisse 4–6, 6–2, 7–6 (1), 6–2 in the second. After following this up with victories over Fabrice Santoro and 21-seed Tommy Robredo, Roddick played the defending champion and world # 3 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic retired in the fourth set, 6–7 (3), 6–4, 6–2, 2–1, allowing Roddick to reach the fourth Australian Open semifinal of his career and brings his head-to-head record to 2-2 against Djokovic. Roddick was defeated in the semifinals by eventual runner-up Federer, 6–2, 7–5, 7–5, bringing their head-to-head series to 2-16.

In the SAP Open, Roddick beat qualifier Michael Ryderstedt 6-0, 7-6 (3) in 62 minutes. He defeated his next opponent, Ernests Gulbis, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Roddick saved four break points on serve in the second set, and converted on his first of three match points in the tie-break to secure the win in one hour and 20 minutes. He then snapped a three-match losing streak against Tommy Haas in his quarterfinal match, securing the 7-5, 6-4. Roddick, whose last win against Haas had come in the 2005 San Jose semifinals, now has a 4-7 head-to-head record against the former World # 2 tennis player. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-6. It was the first time in five matches between the two players that Roddick had lost. In the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Roddick beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the first round, and quickly defeated Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-3 in the second. He defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. There Roddick defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 7-6 , 6-4, to reach the final. He took his first title of the year by beating Stepanek in the championship match, 7-5, 7-5. He had to recover from being up a break and losing serve in the first set, but broke serve to take the opener. The two remained on serve throughout the second set until Roddick broke to take the match.

Roddick did not defend his Dubai title, with prize money of over $2 million, to protest the UAE's refusal to grant Israeli Shahar Pe'er a visa for the WTA event. "I really didn't agree with what went on over there," Roddick said.

Roddick entered the 2009 BNP Paribas Open as the number 7 seed. He received a bye in the first round and beat Daniel Koellerer 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the second. In the third round, he beat veteran Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 7-6 (4). He defeated David Ferrer in the fourth round 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 to secure his place in the quarterfinals where he met defending champion Novak Djokovic whom he'd beaten earlier in the year and against whom he held a 2-2 win/loss record. Roddick prevailed in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. His run was ended by World # 1 Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-7 (4). However, he managed to win the doubles title partnering Mardy Fish, defeating Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 3-6, 6-1, 14-12 in the final. IT was his fourth doubles title overall, and his second partnering Fish.

At the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick was given a first round bye and defeated Diego Junqueira 6-1, 6-1 in the second. In the third round he defeated the number 25 seed Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (9), 6-2. He beat Frenchman and number 9 seed Gaël Monfils 7-6 (2), 6-2 to secure a place in the quarterfinals and a meeting with Roger Federer, whom he had beaten in the same round in 2008. This year, however, he was beaten after fighting off three break points in the second set; 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, bringing their head-to-head record to 2-17.

As of April 11, Roddick had the second-best winning percentage among Americans on clay; .663 to .714 of Wayne Odesnik.

With his 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008 for the deciding victory in the best-of-five 2008 quarterfinal Davis Cup match with France, Roddick improved to 10-0 in clinching situations for the United States. In his second singles victory in three days, he was held to 17 aces, down from 30 against Michael Llodra a few days prior. Roddick improved to 31-11 for the US in Davis Cup matches, trailing only John McEnroe (41). His win against the 12th-ranked Mathieu was part of a strong month in which he beat the tour's top three players -- Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.

Roddick is often called "A-Rod," referring to his first initial and the first three letters of his last name, and a reference to baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez who already has that nickname.

Roddick uses a discontinued version of the Babolat Pure Drive, extended to 27.5 inches. The racquet itself is heavily customised with additional weight placed in the head via the use of lead tape. The resulting racquet exhibits a more head heavy balance point and a higher swingweight that the stock model with a higher overall weight, though this is similar to the model he endorses at approximately 12oz. Modifications of this sort are not uncommon for professional players. Currently his racquet is strung with Pro Hurricane Tour strings at a tension of 62lbs.

Roddick's racquets are painted to resemble the Pure Drive Roddick Plus with Cortex racquet in order to market a current model which Babolat sells. The cortex in particular is visibly painted onto the racquet. For marketing purposes Roddick endorses the Pure Drive Roddick Plus Cortex Racquet with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour strings (of yellow color), a signature racquet designed for him by racquet sponsor Babolat, which is slightly heavier (11.9 oz), stiffer (Babolat RDC index 72), and longer (27.5") than the standard Pure Drive Series (11.3 oz, Babolat RDC 71, 27"). The racquet is designed for a strong service due to its weight, stiffness, and length. According to Tennis Warehouse, the best one for this fundamental. He strings with a custom hybrid (Pro Hurricane Tour + VS). Roddick's tension varies, but he mostly strings his racquets to a tension of roughly 64 or 65 pounds.

Roddick also uses Babolat Propulse II tennis shoes, which are his signature gear. In matches, Roddick wears shirts, shorts, and caps manufactured for him by Lacoste.

Roddick's plays an offensive baseline playing style. Roddick is known for his powerful first serve, usually serving at around 130-150 mph (209~242 km/h), which he uses to earn free points with aces or put himself into position to hit a forehand winner. His first serve is known to some as the "Roddick Serve" since he abbreviates the serve by removing part of the motion. He usually targets the two corners to win aces. As for his second serve, he usually employs a heavy kick serve, then tries to use a variety of spins, slices, and angles in the rally to throw off his opponent and position himself for a winning shot. He is noted to use heavy topsin on both his serves and his twist serve is probably the highest-kicking serve anyone hits. Roddick will also occasionally use the serve-and-volley tactic on both first and second services to surprise his opponent, though he generally prefers to remain near the baseline after a serve. Despite all this, Roddick is sometimes criticized for his lack of variety. Lately, under new coach Larry Stefanki, Roddick has been developing his volleying skills. Roddick's backhand is also considered to have improved over the course of his career .

On April 5, 2002, Roddick guest-starred on the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as himself. In the episode, Sabrina summoned him so he could give her tennis lessons.

Roddick appeared on the The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn talk show in 2002 and 2003, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in 2003, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2004 and 2005, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005 and 2007, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2006. Roddick also appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on June 8, 2007. The two had humorous conversations about life beyond the court, other players, and on-court fashions. At one point during the interview, Ross sat on Roddick's lap to try to make him feel uncomfortable.

Roddick hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003, becoming the second tennis player, (the first having been Chris Evert) and the first male tennis player to host (while Chris Evert is the only female tennis player to host SNL).

Roddick also appeared on a 2004 episode of the Anne Robinson Version of The Weakest Link, but ended up being voted off.

Roddick is in a This is SportsCenter ad with Stuart Scott, in which he confronts the Sports Center anchor about the anchors not calling him "A-Rod," and asks him "Did Alex Rodriguez put you up to this?" Scott replies "Who?" Roddick says "A-Rod!" Scott gets a sneaky look on his face, and Roddick leaves disgusted.

The June/July 2007 issue of Men's Fitness magazine carried an article on Roddick. The cover shot featured the tennis ace in a t-shirt, straining to contain massive, pumped-up biceps and hulking shoulder and chest muscles. The image set off widespread online speculation that the magazine had altered Roddick's likeness, a suspicion echoed by Roddick himself. Roddick has quipped that he saw the photo, and that Nadal wanted his arms back.

In March 2009, Andy Roddick appeared in the "Speed Feels Better" music video for singer / songwriter, Michael Tolcher. Other athlete greats in the video include Amanda Beard, Barry Sanders, Kimmie Meissner, and Rick Ankiel.

In 2004, Roddick produced the fastest serve in professional tennis: 249.4 km/h (155 mph) during a Davis Cup semi-final match with Vladimir Voltchkov on hard court in Charleston. Earlier that year, Roddick had the fastest serve in U.S. Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph) against American Scoville Jenkins. Roddick also won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.

That same year he won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which included: raising money for the survivors of the tsunami following 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake through Serving for Tsunami Relief and other efforts; auctioning off several rackets and autographs to raise money for UNICEF; and creating the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at-risk youth. The foundation is partly funded through the sale of blue wristbands inscribed "No Compromise," inspired by Lance Armstrong's yellow Livestrong wristbands.

In 2007 Roddick and the Andy Roddick Foundation was awarded by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Roddick was the first male tennis player ever to receive the award.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. This table is current through the 2009 Miami Masters that are currently being played.

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Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon, 2004.

Infobox last updated on: 13 April 2009.

Lleyton Glynn Hewitt (IPA: /ˈleɪtʌn ˈhjuːʌt/) (born 24 February 1981) is a tennis player from Australia. In 2000, Hewitt had won ATP titles on all three major surfaces (Hard, Clay and Grass) and reached one final on carpet. By 2001, he became the youngest male ever to be ranked number one. His career best achievements are winning the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon men's singles titles, and winning back-to-back ATP World Tour Finals (2001 and 2002). In 2005, TENNIS Magazine put Hewitt in 34th place on its list of the 40 greatest tennis players since 1965.

Hewitt is known for his competitiveness and wins most of his matches with relentless aggression, fitness, consistent shots, and highly skilled footwork. Hewitt spent much time in the late stages of 2004 working with his former coach and good friend, Roger Rasheed, on bulking up his physique. His hard work paid off after he made it to the final of the 2005 Australian Open, before losing to Marat Safin in 4 sets (1–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–4).

Hewitt might well have followed in the footsteps of his Australian rules football-playing father Glynn. Instead, he became one of the youngest winners of an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament when, as an almost unknown youngster, he won the 1998 Next Generation Adelaide International, defeating Andre Agassi in the semifinals. Only Aaron Krickstein winning Tel Aviv in 1983 and Michael Chang winning San Francisco in 1988 were younger when claiming their first ATP title.

In 2000, Hewitt won his first Grand Slam title when he and Max Mirnyi won the men's doubles championship at the US Open. Hewitt's first Grand Slam singles title was at the US Open in 2001, when he defeated then-four time champion Pete Sampras in straight sets, making himself and fellow countryman Pat Rafter the only active ATP players to have won a Grand Slam singles and doubles title during their career.

In 2003 Hewitt had a good time by winning Indian Wells against former world nº1 Gustavo Kuerten, but at Wimbledon, as the defending champion, Hewitt lost in the first round of Wimbledon to qualifier Ivo Karlović. Hewitt became the first defending Wimbledon men's champion in the open era to lose in the first round. Only once before in the tournament's 126-year history had a defending men's champion lost in the opening round, when asf 1967 Manuel Santana was beaten by Charles Pasarell. Hewitt also was only the third defending champion to lose in the first round of a Grand Slam singles tournament, after Boris Becker in the 1997 Australian Open and Pat Rafter in the 1999 US Open.

After Wimbledon in 2003, Hewitt lost in the final of the tournament in Los Angeles, the second round of the ATP Masters Series tournament in Montreal, and the first round of the ATP Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Hewitt lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Carlos Ferrero 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(5), 6–1. Hewitt played only Davis Cup matches for the remainder of the year, using his time off to bulk up, gaining 7 kg.

In 2004, Hewitt became the first man in history to lose in each Grand Slam singles tournament to the eventual champion. At the Australian Open, he was defeated in the fourth round by Swiss Roger Federer. At the French Open, he was defeated in a quarterfinal by Argentine Gastón Gaudio. At Wimbledon, he was defeated in a quarterfinal by Federer. And at the US Open, he was defeated in the final by Federer, losing two out of the three sets at love.

At the year ending 2004 Tennis Masters Cup, Hewitt defeated Andy Roddick to advance to the final but was yet again defeated by defending champion Federer.

In 2005, Hewitt won his only title at the Sydney Medibank International. He reached his first Australian Open final by defeating World No. 2 Roddick, but was defeated by Marat Safin. At Wimbledon, he reached the semifinals, but lost to eventual champion Federer. Almost three months later, Hewitt again lost to Federer in the US Open semifinal, although this time he was able to take one set from the Swiss. Hewitt had at this point lost to the eventual champion at seven consecutive Grand Slam tournaments he played (he missed the 2005 French Open because of injury). Hewitt pulled out of the Tennis Masters Cup tournament in Shanghai in November 2005 so that he could be with his wife Bec as the birth of his first child grew near. He was replaced by Gastón Gaudio.

After a fairly frosty start to 2006, where Hewitt was defeated in the second round of the Australian Open, his results improved after some time away from the tour. He reached the finals of the San Jose and Las Vegas tournaments, losing to British youngster Andy Murray and American James Blake, respectively. But he lost to Tim Henman 7–6(5), 6–3 in the second round of the Miami Masters, a player he had defeated eight times previously in as many matches. At the 2006 French Open, Hewitt reached the fourth round where he lost to defending champion, and eventual winner, Rafael Nadal in four sets.

Hewitt won his first tournament of 2006 (after a 17 month hiatus from winning a tournament) when he beat Blake 6–4, 6–4 in the finals of the Queen's Club Championships. This was his fourth title there, thereby equalling the records of John McEnroe and Boris Becker. During the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, Hewitt survived a five-set match against South Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee that was played over two days. He then defeated Olivier Rochus and David Ferrer before losing to Marcos Baghdatis in the quarterfinals. At the 2006 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., Hewitt was defeated by Arnaud Clément 7–6(1), 6–4 in a quarterfinal after defeating Vincent Spadea in the second round and Denis Gremelmayr in the third round. Hewitt participated at the 2006 US Open despite having an injured knee. Hewitt won his first three matches in straight sets against, respectively, Albert Montañés, Jan Hernych, and Novak Đoković. He defeated Richard Gasquet 6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 3–6, 6–3 in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year. He then lost to Roddick 6–3, 7–5, 6–4.

At the 2007 Australian Open, Hewitt lost in the third round to the tenth seeded Chilean and eventual runner-up Fernando González 6–2, 6–2, 5–7, 6–4. With his win in Las Vegas in March 2007, Hewitt has won at least one ATP title annually for ten consecutive years. This was a record among active players at the time.

Hewitt reached the 2007 Hamburg Masters semifinals, where he pushed eventual finalist Rafael Nadal to three sets. At the 2007 French Open, Hewitt, for the 2nd straight time at Roland Garros, lost in the 4th round to Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–1, 7–6(5). At the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Hewitt won his first three matches, including a four-set third round victory over Guillermo Cañas. He then faced 4th seed Novak Djokovic in the fourth round which he lost 7–6, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6.

After Wimbledon, it was announced that he had hired former Australian tennis pro, Tony Roche, to coach him during Grand Slam and Masters tournaments in 2007 and 2008. At the Masters tournaments in Montréal and Cincinnati Hewitt reached the quarter- and semifinals, respectively. In both cases, he lost to Roger Federer.

He was seeded 16 at the 2007 U.S. Open, but for the first time in eight consecutive appearances at Flushing Meadows, he did not reach the quarterfinals or further. He lost in the second round to Argentine Agustín Calleri.

At the 2008 Australian Open, he advanced to the fourth round as the 19th seed, defeating 15th-seeded and 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis in a thrilling match, 4–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–7 (4), 6–3. Destined to be his last win at the Australian Open, the 282 minute match started at 11:52pm and ended at 4:34am the following morning, Melbourne time. It was a characteristically "gutsy" performance and cemented Hewitt's reputation as a tough competitor. Hewitt lost his fourth round match in straight sets to the 3rd seeded and eventual champion Novak Đoković 7–5, 6–3, 6–3.

A hip injury Hewitt acquired in March 2008 affected his preparation for the French open, and forced the loss of 300 rankings points as Hewitt was unable to defend his Semi Final appearance at the Hamburg Masters as well as compete in supplementary tournaments.

However, Hewitt made the third round at Roland Garros before losing a 5 set thriller to fifth seed David Ferrer 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Despite his ongoing hip problem Hewitt was able to compete at the Queens Club Championship with moderate success, falling to second seed Novak Djokovic in the Quarter Finals 2-6, 2-6. His good form continued into Wimbledon, Hewitt making the fourth round for the second successive year before facing world number 1 and first seed Roger Federer, a match that Federer took 7-6(7), 6-2, 6-4.

After Wimbledon Hewitt elected to miss the Montreal and Cincinnati Masters in an effort to give his hip sufficient rest to enable him to play at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he defeated Jonas Björkman in the first round 7-5 7-6(7-2) before losing to second seed Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-2. However, the more notable incident in the Olympics occurred in Hewitt's opening round doubles match with Chris Guccione against Argentines Juan Mónaco and Agustín Calleri. The match went to an advantage 3rd set with Hewitt and Guccione prevailing 18-16.

After the Olympics due to the further damage Hewitt's hip sustained at the Olympics, he was left with no option but to pull out of the US open and skip the rest of the season to have hip surgery.

2008 was the first year that Hewitt didn't win a title since 1998.

After returning from hip surgery Hewitt played his first match in 2009 at the Hopman Cup where he defeated Nicolas Kiefer in 3 sets.

Hewitt lost his 2009 first round match against Fernando Gonzalez in the 2009 Australian Open after 5 sets for the first time.

At the 2009 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup he caused an upset by defeating James Blake in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. He then defeated fellow Australian Chris Guccione in the second round 6-2, 7-6(4), and Christophe Rochus in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-3. He faced Andy Roddick in the semifinals but lost in a close match 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.

Hewitt lost in the first round of the 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships to Yen-Hsun Lu, the eighth seed, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. Hewitt also competed in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, he reached the second round, being defeated by Fernando Gonzalez.

At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Hewitt played Israeli Dudi Sela in the first round. Hewitt lost the first set before recovering to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Hewitt was then defeated by 7th seed Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 6-2.

At the 2009 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Hewitt defeated the number 7 seed Diego Junqueira 6-0, 6-2. Hewitt advanced to the Quarter Finals after defeating Sergio Roitman 6-1, 6-3 in just 57 minutes, and defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semi finals where he defeated Evgeny Korolev 7-6(4), 6-4. He defeated Wayne Odesnik in the final 6-2, 7-5, for his first title since 2007 and his first clay court title in a decade.

Hewitt entered the Monte Carlo Masters as a wild card. He lost in the first round 6-4, 7-5 to Marat Safin who lives in Monte Carlo. After missing his scheduled flight out of Houston due to his match being delayed by rain Hewitt was forced to arrive in Monte Carlo the afternoon of the match against Safin after a further 3 hour flight delay and was carrying a slight muscle tear. Hewitt admitted to running out of energy in the second set.

On 19 November 2001, Hewitt became the youngest male ever to be ranked World number one (20 years old). He stayed No. 1 until 28 April 2003, a streak of 75 weeks. After two weeks ranked second, he returned to No. 1 for five weeks. Since then, his highest ranking has been No. 2. Due to an elbow injury, Hewitt fell out of the top 20 for the first time since 1999, and then a continuing hip injury during 2008 meant that Hewitt was unable to play to his full ability, contributing to further decline in his world ranking due to early exits, or absence, at many tournaments. Hewitt then had hip surgery in August, meaning that the Beijing Olympics was his last tournament for the year. Then, following his early exit from the 2009 Australian Open, Hewitt fell to world No. 108, his lowest ranking in 10 years the first time an Australian male players hasn't been ranked inside the top 100 for the first time. This was short-lived, however, when Hewitt entered the Top 100 again on February 23. Hewitt's ranking has been erratic since then, with the Australian breaking back into the top 70 after a good run at the tournament in Memphis, before he lost his first round match in Delray Beach, and then his second round match in Indian Wells, falling back to the 90s. Hewitt should be able to capture precious rankings points before the French Open in 2009, as he missed the entire clay court season in 2008 with the aforementioned hip injury. Hewitt must secure a seeding for a Grand Slam if he is to avoid early round meetings with the top ranked players and get back to the top 20.

Hewitt was a part of the Australian Davis Cup Team that won the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003 and reached the final in 2000 and 2001. By the age of 22, he had recorded more wins in Davis Cup singles than any other Australian player.

In 2003, Hewitt led the Australian team to victory when he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the opening rubber 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, 6–2.

In the 2006 quarterfinals in Melbourne, Hewitt defeated Belarusian Vladimir Voltchkov 6–2, 6–1, 6–2 in just 91 minutes. Voltchkov said before the match that "Hewitt has no weapons to hurt me." Hewitt responded, "Voltchkov doesn't have a ranking to hurt me." In the semifinals in Buenos Aires on clay, Hewitt lost to Argentine José Acasuso 1–6, 6–4, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1.

In February 2007, Australia led by Hewitt lost in the first round to Belgium in Belgium on clay. Hewitt lost to then World No. 41 Kristof Vliegen, and his teammate Chris Guccione also lost his first singles match. Although Hewitt won both his doubles match with Paul Hanley and singles match against Olivier Rochus to get Australia back in contention, Guccione could not prevent an Australian first round exit, their first since 2004.

Darren Cahill, Jason Stoltenberg and Roger Rasheed are all former coaches of his. Hewitt is currently coached by Tony Roche .

Hewitt is a defensive baseline counterpuncher. He typically likes to stay back towards the baseline during a rally and will usually approach the net only to catch a short reply or drop shot from his opponent. His strength is his return game and he is often described as being among the best returners of serve in the game. Although he doesn't have the devastating return of Andre Agassi who is often regarded as the best returner of serve ever, at the 2004 Cincinnati Masters final commentator MaliVai Washington said that Hewitt was even more difficult to "ace" than Agassi because he gets more returns in play. Hewitt's tactics typically involve putting difficult service returns in play, consistently chasing down attempted winning shots from his opponent, and waiting for his opponent to make an error.

Although he is known primarily as a baseline defender, Hewitt is actually a skilled volleyer and is known for having one of the best overhead smashes in the game. He also has underrated variety in his shots and will occasionally use a drop shot or drop volley to win a point. His signature shot, however, is the offensive topspin lob, a shot that he executes efficiently off both wings when his opponent approaches the net. US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and Jim Courier have both described Hewitt's lob as being the best in the world.

In a five set match with James Blake at the 2001 US Open, Hewitt complained to umpire Andres Egli and asked for a black linesman to be moved after being called for two foot-faults in the third set. "Look at him", Hewitt said, gesturing at the linesman. He approached the chair umpire and, pointing first to the offending linesman and then to Blake, said, "Look at him and you tell me what the similarity is." Some witnesses, including Blake, had suggested that the "similarity" referred to the colour shared by Blake and the linesman. Hewitt claimed he had merely pointed out that the same linesman had foot-faulted him on both occasions, while other officials had made no such calls.

During the 2001 French Open he was fined US$1000 for calling the chair umpire, Andreas Egli, a "spastic." Hewitt denied this.

Hewitt blamed his losses at the 2005 and 2006 Australian Open on uncooperative maintenance of the courts by the tournament directors. "I don't think there's been a lot of homework done on how the balls play on this surface", he said. "Mate, it could be slower than the French Open." Hewitt was disappointed that the organisers had ignored his concerns about the courts. "I feel like I'm fighting with people that we should be working together to try and make Australian tennis better", he said. Since then, long-time Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee has resigned, leaving new tournament director Craig Tiley to confirm that the main aim for 2007 was to provide "uniformity and consistency" when the stadium's match and practice courts were resurfaced in November 2006. The courts will be as fast as they were in the second week of the 2006 tournament.

Hewitt is disliked by some Pro Tour players. Mary Carillo said: "He makes guys crazy, they try hard to ignore him, but he's always barking on the other side of the net." In his 2005 Australian Open match against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, Hewitt angered his opponent by his celebration of an unforced error, to the point where Chela served directly at Hewitt, and spat at him during the changeover.

In 2006 Hewitt was nominated by GQ magazine as one of the '10 Most Hated Athletes' in Sport . That year, he also came under criticism from Australian child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg for "exploiting" his child during the 2006 Logie Awards. During a match at the 2005 Australian Open, David Nalbandian and Hewitt purposefully bumped into each other at a change of ends. Nalbandian later remarked that "no-one on the tour is friends with Hewitt" and that Hewitt is "not a gentleman".

Hewitt is a keen supporter of Australian rules football, having played the game earlier in his career and is no.1 ticket holder for the Adelaide Crows. He once had a close friendship with Crows star Andrew McLeod, but this broke down over much public controversy.

Hewitt had a four-year relationship with highly-ranked Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters. The two announced their engagement just before Christmas 2003 but separated in October 2004, in effect canceling a planned February 2005 wedding.

Shortly after losing the final of the 2005 Australian Open, Hewitt proposed to Australian actress Bec Cartwright on 30 January after they had been dating for six weeks. They married on 21 July 2005. Their first child, a daughter named Mia Rebecca Hewitt, was born on 29 November 2005.. Their second child, a son named Cruz Lleyton Hewitt, was born in Sydney on 11 December 2008.

Hewitt is currently sponsored by the Japanese sports manufacterer Yonex, with whom he signed a "Head to Toe" deal with in late 2005. Yonex provides all of Hewitt's clothing, racquets, shoes and accessories. Hewitt's Yonex shoes (SHT-306) are inscribed with his nickname "Rusty" along with an image of an Australian flag. As of 7 August 2007, his first appearance with a new racquet at the Montreal Masters, Hewitt used to use the Yonex RQiS Tour-1. He used to use the Yonex RDS 001 '08 Model, but switched to the Yonex RDiS 100 in 2009.

Hewitt has a sister, Jaslyn Hewitt, also a former tennis player and currently a bodybuilder. She used to date another tennis pro, Joachim Johansson.

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table stops before the 2008 French Open, which started on 25 May 2008.

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Andy Murray

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Infobox last updated on: 20 April 2009.

Andrew "Andy" Murray (born 15 May 1987) is a Scottish professional tennis player who is the highest-ranked British player. Murray achieved a top 10 ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals for the first time on 16 April 2007 and reached a career-high of World No. 4 after the 2008 US Open, where he lost in the final to Roger Federer.

In 2005, Murray won the BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year Award and the sport section of the Top Scot awards. His elder brother Jamie is Great Britain's highest ranked doubles player. Murray is most proficient on a fast surface (such as hard courts), although he has worked hard since 2008 on improving his clay court game. Murray works with a team of fitness experts, and Miles Maclagan is his main coach. He was previously coached by American Brad Gilbert, who used to coach former World No. 1 players Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.

Andy Murray was born to Willie and Judy in Glasgow, Scotland. His maternal grandfather was a professional footballer who played reserve team matches for Hibernian and senior football for Stirling Albion; as a result, Murray is a Hibs fan. Murray has a bipartite patella, where the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of fusing together in early childhood. Murray attended Dunblane Primary School, where he experienced the Dunblane Massacre of 1996. Thomas Hamilton killed 17 people, mostly children who were in a younger age group than Murray, before turning one of his four guns on himself. Murray himself took cover in a classroom. Murray says he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews, but in his autobiography Hitting Back he says that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton, and that his mother gave him rides in her car. Murray went on to attend Dunblane High School.

Andy's parents, Willie and Judy Murray, separated in 1996, and divorced in March 2005. Andy's girlfriend, since 2006, is Kim Sears, daughter of Nigel Sears, former tennis coach of the Slovak player Daniela Hantuchová. Andy has a penthouse apartment in South London and an apartment in the Brickell district of Miami, Florida.

Murray first picked up a tennis racquet when he was two years old, and was soon playing with his older brother Jamie. Leon Smith, Murray's tennis coach from 11 to 17, said he'd never seen a five-year-old like Murray, describing him as "unbelievably competitive". Murray attributes his abilities to the motivation gained from losing to Jamie, who had been the second-best junior player in the world. He first beat Jamie in an under-12s final in Solihull, afterwards teasing Jamie until his brother hit him hard enough to lose a nail on his left hand. At 12, Murray won the Orange Bowl, a prestigious event for under-12s. He briefly moved away from tennis, turning towards football instead, but soon reverted.

When playing against Rafael Nadal, who was a year older than Murray, he found out Nadal was training with Carlos Moyà, the world number one. Murray was angry that he had only his brother to practice with, so when he was 15 he moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he attended the Schiller International School and trained on the clay courts of the Sánchez-Casal Academy. Murray described this as "a big sacrifice to move away from your family, and spend money training over there when you're not making any back". His schoolwork was also sacrificed during this period; despite being bright, he left without qualifications. While in Spain he trained with Emilio Sánchez, formerly the world number one doubles player. In September 2004, he won the junior US Open and was selected for the Davis Cup match against Austria later that month. Later that year, he won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Murray started the year ranked World No. 407 and ended the year at World No. 64. Of his nineteen singles tournaments, ten were either futures or challenger tournaments. His performances throughout the year drew praise from John McEnroe, who suggested that Murray would overtake Tim Henman as the top ranked British player in 2006. He said, "With Murray the sky's the limit".

In March, Murray was asked to play doubles for Great Britain's Davis Cup team against Israel and became the youngest ever Briton to play in the Davis Cup. Murray and David Sherwood upset the Israeli doubles team, who were ranked World No. 8 and had reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2003, 6–4, 7–6(5), 2–6, 7–6(5). This helped the British team to a 3–2 victory.

Murray turned professional in April and played his first senior tournament when he was given a wild card to the Open SEAT clay court tournament in Barcelona, his adopted home town. He lost in the first round to Jan Hernych. After this, he reached the semifinals of the French Open juniors tournament. The Barcelona tournament gave Murray his first ranking point from a senior tournament, and he was soon handed a second wild card, this time at the Stella Artois Championship at Queen's Club in London. He lost his third round match there, at least partly because of muscle cramping. Murray was then awarded a wildcard for Wimbledon. He went into his first senior Grand Slam tournament ranked World No. 312 and caused a major upset by defeating fourteenth-seeded Radek Štěpánek in the second round in straight sets. He was the first Scottish person in the open era to reach the third round at Wimbledon and was the only Briton remaining in the men's or ladies' singles championship. Murray's run ended when he was beaten by David Nalbandian in the third round after Murray won the first two sets. Mark Petchey, who had been coaching Murray part-time through Wimbledon, was then confirmed as the player's full time coach.

Murray played seven main tour and challenger tournaments during the U.S. summer hard court season. After losing in the second round of the main tour tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, he won his first title at the Aptos, California challenger hard court event without dropping a set. Two weeks later, he lost in the second round of the tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana to Mardy Fish. A wildcard afforded him entry to the ATP Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he played his first match against a top-ten player, Marat Safin, in the second round. Murray lost the match in three sets. Because Murray was ranked World No. 122 and was not given a wildcard, he had to qualify for the US Open. When the main draw started, he lost in the second round to Arnaud Clement 6–2, 7–6(2), 2–6, 6–7(4), 6–0. On 3 October, his ranking reached the top 100 at World No. 72 after losing to World No. 1 Roger Federer in the final of the Thailand Open. Federer was on a 30-match winning streak coming into the match while Murray was playing in his first senior final.

After playing a challenger event in Mons, Belgium, Murray played the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel in October. He played the top ranked British player, World No. 28 Tim Henman, for the first time in a professional match, with Murray winning 6–2, 5–7, 7–6(4). He defeated Tomas Berdych in the second round before losing in the quarterfinals to World No. 17 Fernando González 6–4, 3–6, 6–1. Murray's year ended with this tournament.

In December, Murray won the BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year 2005.

Murray started the year ranked World No. 64.

Murray began the year with second round defeats to higher ranked players at tournaments in Adelaide, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. After winning his first round match against Kenneth Carlsen in Auckland, Murray told an on-court reporter that he thought "we both played like women in the first set". He later explained that he was merely referring to remarks by female player Svetlana Kuznetsova during a Hopman Cup match. In Melbourne the following week, Murray played and lost his first career match at the Australian Open, to Juan Ignacio Chela.

In April, Murray teamed with Greg Rusedski to lose a Davis Cup doubles match against Serbia & Montenegro in Glasgow. Murray incurred a $2,500 fine for swearing at the umpire during this match. His words were over a line call, which were caught on microphone and televised live. Later he admitted swearing, saying "We got an absolute shocker and I told the umpire how bad he was".

In the United Kingdom on grass, Murray was upset in the first round of the Stella Artois Championships at Queen's Club by World No. 114 Janko Tipsarevic. He reached the quarterfinals in Nottingham where he was upset by Italian Andreas Seppi. Murray seemed to break out of his slump by defeating World No. 5 Roddick in straight sets in the third round of Wimbledon before losing in straight sets to World No. 16 Marcos Baghdatis in the fourth round. Immediately after Wimbledon, Murray won a singles match but lost a doubles match as Great Britain lost a Davis Cup tie to Israel in Eastbourne, United Kingdom. Continuing on grass in the United States, Murray was upset in the semifinals of the tournament in Newport, Rhode Island by Justin Gimelstob.

Murray played four tournaments during the North American summer hard court season. He was the runner-up at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., where he was defeated by Arnaud Clement. He was a semifinalist at the ATP Masters Series event in Toronto and a quarterfinalist at the ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati. At the latter tournament, Murray defeated Tim Henman in the first round and, in the second round, became one of only two players to defeat Roger Federer in 2006. Murray eventually lost to Roddick in the quarterfinals. Murray was ranked World No. 19 entering the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open. He upset World No. 11 Fernando Gonzalez in the third round before losing to World No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko in the fourth round 6–1, 5–7, 6–3, 6–0.

This was followed by his final Davis Cup appearance of the year, in which he won both singles rubbers in straight sets and lost the doubles en route to a British victory over Ukraine, which ensured the team's continued presence in group 1 of the Europe/Africa zone for 2007.

In his last four tournaments of the year, he lost to Henman in the first round of the Thailand Open. He reached the final of the doubles there, partnered by his brother. The following week at the tournament in Tokyo, Murray was upset in the second round after receiving a first round bye. Murray defeated World No. 3 Ivan Ljubičić in the second round of the ATP Masters Series tournament in Madrid before losing to Novak Djokovic in the third round. Murray also lost in the third round of his last tournament of the year, the ATP Masters Series tournament in Paris.

Murray ended the year at World No. 17, his career best to that point.

At the Australian Open, Murray lost to world number two Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, after being seeded 15th. In the first round he had equalled the largest-ever victory at the tournament in the Open Era, when he only dropped one game against Alberto Martin. Andy Murray successfully defended his San Jose title, beating Ivo Karlović in a closely fought final. His brother also won the doubles title. They became the first pair of brothers to win singles and doubles titles at the same event since Emilio and Javier Sánchez at Kitzbühel in 1989. At the Indian Wells Masters event Murray made it to the semi-finals where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic. On his way there he had beaten world number four Nikolay Davydenko. Despite the loss, he rose to a career high ranking of 12th in the world. At the Miami Masters he lost to Djokovic again, only winning one game in the match. However, he did rise to a career high ranking of 11th in the world. Shortly after, Murray clinched a place in the top 10 at the expense of Tommy Haas.

At the Hamburg Masters Murray withdrew with a wrist injury in the first round. The injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open, Queen's, and Wimbledon. Murray's ranking initially rose to number 8 due to other players failing to defend point, but then dropped to 14th. After returning from injury, Murray lost in the second round of the Rogers Cup, the first round of the Cincinnati Masters, and the third round of the U.S. Open. His world ranking fell to number 19. Murray then won a £50,000 exhibition event; the Betfair Turbo Tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London. He defeated former Wimbledon Champion Goran Ivanišević in the final. Murray went on to compete for Great Britain in the Davis Cup tie against Croatia played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. He played, and won, two singles rubbers, helping Great Britain to victory.

Murray started the Autumn indoor season by reaching the final at the Metz International in France. Murray then headed to the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where he lost in the second round. Murray also spoke out in the British press claiming that "everyone is aware" of the match fixing problems that exist in tennis. Murray then lost in the third round of the Madrid Masters to world number two Rafael Nadal. He then won in St Petersburg, beating Fernando Verdasco in the final. Murray then played in the Paris Masters where he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals. This defeat ended his chances of qualification for the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup, while Gasquet received the last available place. After the tournament, Murray stood at number 12.

In late November, Murray split from coach Brad Gilbert, replacing him with a "team of coaches".

Murray trained hard in the off-season, working with fitness experts Jez Green, Matt Little and Miles Maclagan in Miami, leading Murray to say he had never been better prepared for a season. Murray won his first tournament, the 2008 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, defeating top seed and world number four Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals, before defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in the final. Murray's ranking rose to within the top 10. Murray was seeded ninth at the 2008 Australian Open, his first time in the Top 10 seeds at a Grand Slam, but lost to eventual runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round. Murray withdrew from Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Argentina, a decision that provoked controversy; his brother Jamie commented, "It's not that Andy doesn't enjoy the Davis Cup, it's just that he obviously felt that it was more important for him to concentrate on Marseille and play well there rather than come here." Murray won his fifth career title at his next tournament in Marseille, defeating Mario Ančić in the final. In Murray's opening match in Dubai, he defeated world number one Roger Federer but exited in the quarter-finals; Murray posted early losses at the subsequent Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami.

In a bid to improve his results on clay Murray began working with former French Open runner-up Alex Corretja. However, Murray failed to go beyond the third round of any the clay court tournaments, including the French Open. At Queen's, Murray reached the quarterfinals before withdrawing with a thumb injury. Murray was seeded twelfth at Wimbledon. He reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal. In the fourth round Murray had defeated Richard Gasquet after Gasquet had served for the match in the third set.

Murray returned to action on the US Open Series, his most successful series so far. In the Toronto Masters he reached the semi-finals, defeating Novak Djokovic for the first time on his route there, before defeating Djokovic again in the final of the Cincinnati Masters, to win his first Master Series shield. This ensured that Murray reached a career high of No. 6 in the world. After winning in Cincinnati, Murray went into the men's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics as one of the favourites for gold, but he suffered a shock defeat to Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan in the first round. Murray also entered the men's doubles, where he was paired with his brother Jamie. Andy and Jamie reached the second round where they were beated by the French duo of Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra in straight sets.

In the U.S. Open, Murray progressed from the third round by coming back from being two sets down against Jürgen Melzer. He then beat 10th seed Stanislas Wawrinka and 17th seedJuan Martín del Potro to reach the semi-finals. Del Potro was on a 23-match winning streak. Murray was assured of a world ranking high of No. 4 by reaching the semi-final, benefitting from the losses of David Ferrer, Andy Roddick and Nikolay Davydenko.

Murray played top seed Rafael Nadal in the semi-final, which was moved forward and on to the Louis Armstrong Stadium court owing to rain expected to be caused by Hurricane Hanna. Murray won the first two sets, 6–2, 7–6(5), but Nadal however, was up a break in the third set as the play was suspended owing to the rain's arrival. The match continued on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court the following day, with Murray triumphing 6–2, 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–4. Murray became the first British man since Greg Rusedski in 1997 to reach the final of a Grand Slam, and only the third in the open era (John Lloyd being the first, in 1977). Rusedski said, "There's no doubt Murray's playing the best tennis of the two players. He's been so impressive." Describing the semi-final result as "awesome", Murray was asked about his prospects in the final, saying, "Roger's played better in his last couple of matches after struggling earlier in the tournament. I'm going to have to play great to have a chance of winning that." He called it an "honour" to play against "probably the greatest player ever" in a Slam final. "I've played well against him in the past. Hopefully I can do the same again." Murray lost the final to Roger Federer in straight sets, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2.

At the 2008 Madrid Masters, Murray reached the semi-finals where he defeated World No. 2 Roger Federer in a rematch of their US Open final. Murray won in three sets, to bring their overall head-to-head record to 3–2 in Murray's favour, making him one of only two players to have a positive record against Federer (the other being Rafael Nadal). In the tournament final, he defeated Gilles Simon to win his fourth title of the year as well as securing back-to-back Masters Series titles. He became the first Briton to win multiple Masters Series titles, and the first to win four titles in a single season. He won the St. Petersburg Open on 26 October with a 6–1, 6–1 victory over Andrey Golubev, which was his 23rd victory in 25 matches. His defense of the title made him the first British player to win back-to-back titles since Mark Cox in March 1975 when Cox won at London and Washington. Murray then competed in the end of season Masters Cup. He won all of his round robin matches, defeating Andy Roddick, Gilles Simon and Roger Federer. His win against Federer eliminated his opponent from the competition. Murray then lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinal.

Murray started 2009 by beating James Blake, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, to win the 2009 Capitala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition championship in Abu Dhabi. He followed this with a title defense at theQatar Open in Doha, defeating Andy Roddick in the final. Seeded fourth at the Australian Open Murray lost in the fourth round to Fernando Verdasco. Prior to the tournament, Murray had been named by some bookmakers and journalists as one of the favourites to win the title. These assertions had been seen to cause irritation to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who were quick to cite Murray's lack of any Grand Slam wins when questioned about his ability to take the Open. Murray himself had made the comment that, while he didn't "understand the whole thing", he thought that he'd been playing well enough recently "to be in that sort of group".

Murray won his next tournament, the ABN AMRO Tournament, beating World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final.. Murray withdrew from the Marseille Open, which he won in 2008, due to an injury to his right ankle which he sustained in Rotterdam.. He next competed in the Dubai Tennis Championships reaching the quarter-finals, before withdrawing from his match with Richard Gasquet citing a virus. This virus also forced Murray to withdraw fromGreat Britain's Davis Cup tie against Ukraine. Murray then headed to the United States for the first two Masters Series events of the year. In Indian Wells he reached the final for the first time in his career, where he lost to world No.1 Rafael Nadal and at the Miami Masters he won the tournament defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. With that victory Murray equaled the same number of career titles (11) won by Tim Henman during his total career.

Murray started the clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, the third Masters Series event of the year. He reached the semi-finals - where he lost to world number 1 Rafael Nadal - with a win over Nikolay Davydenko, his second match in one day due to rain the previous day. Murray reached the quarter-finals for the first time on clay, when he beat Fabio Fognini in the third round.

Early in his career, most of his main tour wins came on hard and grass courts, although he claimed to prefer clay courts because of his training in Barcelona as a junior player.

Murray has an offensive and defensive baseline playing style. He can hit fundamental shots from anywhere on the court. He is well-known for his defensive capabilities and can turn a defense shot into an aggressive one. He now has a reputation for being one of the fittest men on the tour even rivaling that of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Many legends and commentators of the game believe Murray has one of the best backhands in the world, he can hit cross-court winners or down the line with great efficiency and ease. Murray has a good forehand, but one of his main strengths is his ability to apply pace to his forehand when he needs to; again highlighting his aggressive abilities.

During the off-season at the end of 2007, Andy and his new team of fitness coaches worked on one of the main aspects of his game: the serve. They remodelled it on Pete Sampras and Roger Federer's.

Murray is known for being one of best tacticians on the court at constructing points.

Murray identifies himself as "Scottish, but also British". Prior to Wimbledon 2006, Murray caused some public debate when he was quoted as saying he would "support anyone but England" at the 2006 World Cup. He received large amounts of hate mail on his website as a result. It was also reported that Murray had worn a Paraguay shirt on the day of England's World Cup match with the South American team.

Murray explained that his comments were said in jest during a light-hearted interview with sports columnist Des Kelly, who asked him if he would be supporting Scotland in the World Cup, in the knowledge that Scotland had failed to qualify for the tournament. Kelly stated another tabloid had later "lifted a couple of them into a 'story' that took on a life of its own and from there the truth was lost" and that he despaired over the "nonsensical criticism".

Murray protested that he is "not anti-English and never was" and he expressed disappointment over England's subsequent elimination by Portugal. In an interview with Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live, Tim Henman confirmed that the remarks had been made in jest and were only in response to Murray being teased by Kelly and Henman. He also stated that the rumour that Murray had worn a Paraguay shirt was untrue.

In an interview with Gabby Logan for the BBC's Inside Sport programme, Andy said that he was both Scottish and British and was comfortable and happy with his British identity. He said he saw no conflict between the two and was equally proud of them. He has also pointed out that he is quarter English with some of his family originating from Newcastle, his coach is Scottish and that his girlfriend, Kim Sears, is English.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through to the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters, which ended on 19 April, 2009.

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

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