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Hitting Back: The Autobiography Hardcover – 5 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Century (5 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846051673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846051678
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sensational autobiography of Britain's new tennis superstar

From the Inside Flap

“With Andy, the sky’s the limit…” John McEnroe

At Wimbledon in 2005, a young, brash Andy Murray came out of nowhere and thrashed star pros Georges Bastl and Radek Stepanek. He took a two-set lead against former finalist David Nalbandian before his dramatic winning run came to a end on the Centre Court. But a legend was born, and Britain had a new sporting hero.

Henman Hill was renamed Murray Mound, and Henmania became Andymonium. In 2006, Murray went stellar. Aged just 18 he won his first ATP title at San Jose, California, beating former world no. 1s Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt on the way. In the same month, he deposed Tim Henman to become the British No. 1. By the end of a wonderful year in which he was one of only two players to beat Roger Federer, Murray was no. 17 in the world. But Murray is much more than a truly gifted tennis player and potential grand slam champion. He has changed the face of the British game, blowing away the cobwebs of the All England Club, and dividing opinion with his brash, straight-talking style, anti-establishment rhetoric and on-court anger and passion. A whole new generation of kids are becoming tennis fans. Andy has made tennis cool again, like the days of McEnroe, Borg and Nastase. Here, for the first time, Andy Murray talks in his own words about the long, testing, and often difficult path to superstardom.

The boy from Dunblane opens up about dealing with the constant limelight and attention from a media and a general public desperate for a genuine British tennis star, and gives the exclusive lowdown on Wimbledon 2008 as he prepares to launch his bid for grass-court glory. Temperamental, gifted, passionate, fiery: Murray is the dazzling new face of British tennis, and a role model to a whole generation. Andy's story will enthral and excite the entire country.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P A Marshall on 31 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Overall, I enjoyed this book, which covers Andy's tennis career up to 2008 - and is mainly focussed on the years 2005-08, from his Wimbledon breakthrough when he was 18. It gives a good insight into the life of a tennis player, and there are contributions from the likes of Tim Henman, Mark Petchey and his mother, which help to round out the story.
The only negative point is that there is little evidence of editing and at points, particularly towards the end, the writing has an almost random stream of consciousness feel.
However, a good read and well worth buying.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Crane on 16 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Personally, I can understand the bad reviews. Ever since Murray said that 'he hoped the English football team wouldn't make it to the European championships', the majority of England hate him. This remark was taken out of context, but I'm not here to go indepth about that. However, I do not understand the bad reviews for the BOOK.

I read this around 9 months a go and as a 21 year old, I found it pleasing to be able to relate to an athlete around a similar age. From his whining to his racquet throwing tantrums, I'm sure a few of us can relate to such a feat and achknowledge that it happens in tennis.

The structure of the book is also very good; It is quite informal and chapters only string 20 pages or so. I found the chapters "The Year of Living Controversially" and "Can I Also Ask You This?" very informative, as it is Andy's view on the one-sided media stories that we, as the public, are familiar with.

Overall, I believe the autobiography was Andy's way to give the public an insight into his life. Stating the obvious, right? Well, no, not really. Andy isn't exactly the most outspoken, emotional guy out there and he certainly is a very closed person when on the court. He tends to ignore most interviews these days too due to the BBC interviews that have gone terribly wrong (This is included in the book).

Go for it and buy this book; he's a nice guy, really :)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Bought this and disappointed as its exactly the same as the one titled Coming of Age spent nearly £10 on the same book still its a great book very funny and down to earth
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Y. Juniper on 18 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since this book was published earlier this year Andy has achieved alot. The turning point being when he came back from 2 sets down to beat Gasquet at Wimbledon, he has also beaten Nadal, Djokovic and Federer, reached the final of the US Open and is now number 4 in the world. At 21 that is some achievement especially over the last few months. Yes I am an Andy Murray fan and am proud to be so. Lets get behind our young sports people in what ever sport and encourage them. Any achievement is a positive, lets stop being so negative. Andy is a young lad, like all of us at that age he has sometimes had to learn the hard way. Lets give him a chance and get behind him in 2009. I found his book an insight in to the world of tennis.
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to include Andy's amazing 2012. Many names in this from the tennis world and as you might expect, he is very honest about his fitness and training.
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By TWB on 19 Feb. 2013
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A book that gives a great insight into what it is that makes Andy the great player that he is - a must read for any tennis enthusiast.
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By Amazon Customer on 10 Sept. 2013
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If you're a tennis fan, then this book is worth a read. Fantastic comments from friends, family and previous coaches.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a devoted tennis fan this is another autobiography I've been meaning to get my hands on for a while and I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed it and thought it was better than its current Amazon ranking. Just like Andy himself this book will have fans and people who can't see the point, but I'm with Andy here, this is a chance to answer his critics and actually tell the truth!
Written with the guidance of Sue Mott, a freelance sports writer, previously the `Time's and then the `Telegraph' tennis correspondent, this is a heartfelt effort at getting to the heart of what the controversial but undoubtedly talented Scottish player actually did and actually said - warts and all. I was quite charmed but this autobiography that felt very honest and unassuming. I particularly liked the chosen format of interspersing chapters written by people close to Andy and written from their points of view. These are the people who know the real Andy, people he respects and trusts, authoritative voices like Tim Henman, his brother Jamie, Mark Petchey and his mother Judy, herself a respected coach and former world-class player on the tour. She also writes the chapter about the Dunblane murders in Primary 1, which happened when both of her sons were pupils at the school and even attended a boys club ran by the perpetrator of the mass murders. This is a fact I didn't know. I'd definitely recommend it as an informative, well written and very interesting account of life on the tennis circuit.
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