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Andy Murray: Champion: The Full Extraordinary Story [Hardcover]

Mark Hodgkinson
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8 Nov 2012
When Andy Murray finally overcame Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to secure the 2012 US Open, it was a dream fulfilled for the man from Dunblane. After four previous defeats in Grand Slam finals, Murray had finally achieved what no British man had managed since the 1930s. But the story of how he got there was just as compelling as the final itself, with as many twists and turns along the way. Writer Mark Hodgkinson has been covering that story since the start - he was actually the first person to interview Murray for a national newspaper back in 2004, and has worked closely with Judy Murray in the past. In Andy Murray: Champion, Hodgkinson explains how Murray first emerged as a tennis player of true quality, and how his rivalry with his brother Jamie spurred him on. He looks at the close relationship Murray has with his mother, and the various coaches who haved worked with him to assess their influence on his game. In a hugely competitive era of tennis, with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all counted to be among the greatest tennis players of all time, Murray has earned the right to be ranked alongside them all - and this book explains how and why he has done so, becoming a true national sporting icon in the process.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471126528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471126529
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most entertaining sports books of the year… rich in anecdotes and often funny... a terrific read - Daily Mail

A sympathetic, insightful account - --Scotsman

About the Author

Mark Hodgkinson, the founder and editor of thetennisspace.com, first met Andy Murray when the Scot, then aged 17, was living in a bungalow at an academy outside Barcelona. A former tennis correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, Hodgkinson has written a short television feature about Wimbledon for the BBC, contributes to British GQ, and wrote the tennis features in the official programme for the London 2012 Olympics. During his time at The Daily Telegraph, he helped Judy Murray with the articles and columns which appeared under her name, in addition to his other role at the paper as Boris Becker's 'ghost'. Hodgkinson lives in south-west London with Amy and their daughter Molly.


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Andi
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because I wanted to understand Andy Murray better - see beyond what I know from the media. Let's face it, he is not really Britain's darling though somehow I couldn't put my finger on why not. This book uses his US Open victory as a frame and works through his life from early days to the final moment, the Grand Slam triumph. The book analyses his sporting and personal life and is dotted with anecdotes which for me has brought out the real Andy Murray nicely ... a good guy with a fierce drive to succeed and a terrible TV interview presence. The book is well written (Hodgkinson knows what he is doing...I remember reading his work when he was the Telegraph's tennis correspondent) and pages turn very easily. Well worth a read for any Tennis fan.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sports story for a long time 10 Dec 2012
By paul
Format:Hardcover
Reading this book gave me an insight into Andy Murray's world I never knew about. From early struggles to becoming the first British male to win a Grand Slam in 75 years, this book is a revelation. A real absolute page turner. Anyone not a Murray fan, soon will be, when they read this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Readable 19 Aug 2013
By JPW
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I read it and did enjoy it but would have liked more depth to the writing. Particularly in the later chapters, it became rather bland. I also found the time scale quite difficult.
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3.0 out of 5 stars andy murray autobiography 26 July 2013
By saffron
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interesting read but i feel more could have been included .i expected more after seeing a media interview with andy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great informative read. 29 Dec 2012
By moodo
Format:Hardcover
Was worried this had been rushed out to cash in on Andy's success in the US Open but it is a thoroughly well written book. The US Open frames the book but it s full of really informative and interesting facts and events. Written in a great style the pages flash by. Really enjoyable and all credit to Mark Hodgkinson for producing such a great read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Murray - champion 22 Dec 2013
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I would definitely recommend this book, its a brilliant read,emotional and he as not had it easy, Murry is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. 22 Dec 2013
By dottie
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The review name says it all. Someone to make us extremely proud of Britain. Now for the Australian Open in January 2014 and the start of a new year.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Murray (a true) Champion 5 Dec 2012
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A great read from start to finish. You felt that you were on the journey with him, the highs and the lows. I would recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in tennis, you won't be disappointed. You will come away with a better understanding of Andy the man. He hasn't had an easy ride but won through in the end. TRUELY A CHAMPION.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Murray
We in Britain have been waiting a long while for someone to win Wimbledon - Andy has done it. This has been bought as a Christmas present for someone who has followed Andy for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lez
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It was very interesting to hear about his background. He deserves more support from people who were annoyed about his early behaviour. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. M. Cutt
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to love tennis!!
I really enjoyed this book and found the reference to other tennis stars very interesting and informative. You really do have to be interested in tennis though to enjoy it!! Read more
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Its always interesting to see what motivates sports stars. This tells Andy's story of his determination , his hard work, dedication all leading up to that wonderful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clare Chapplow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read.
This book is a real page turner. Interesting to read for not only tennis fans, but fans of any sport. Full of anecdotes and stuff we didn't already know about Murray. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. S. Dowie
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
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Would have enjoyed additional pictures through story rather than at end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Brilliant book well written and very entertaining. Documents the achievements of a great champion with more slams to come in the future!!
Published 8 months ago by Rosemary Shields
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A very comprehensive and interesting story cataloguing Murray highs and lows and highlighted well the tremendous effort he put in. Well written and illustrated.
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I just took delivery this morning - brilliant service holding the book in my hand less than 36 hours after order being placed. Read more
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