From his favorite food to his true No. 1 fan, get to know the king of the grass court
The Royal Family may reign supreme across the pond, but when it comes to ruling the tennis court, that crown belongs to Andy Murray, who became the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936.
The No. 2-ranked athlete, 26, bested top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 at Sunday’s finals to claim hometown glory after 77 years.
Here are five things to know about the king of the grass courts.
1. He’s not a player
Sorry, ladies, but he’s taken. The tennis champion is dating Kim Sears, whom he kissed after his victory. He first brought his No. 1 fan to a 2006 tournament back when they were both 18 years old. She’s the daughter of British tennis coach Nigel Sears, and it is believed they met through tennis connections.
2. But if her were … he’d chill by the pool with you
“As a person, I’d say I’m fairly relaxed,” he told British GQ of his life off the court. “I love company. I love being around a lot of people. At the start of my career, I often felt lonely, but not anymore.”
3. He’s as good as gold
After losing to Roger Federer at last year’s match in front of the duchess and sister Pippa Middleton, Murray bounced back at the 2012 London Olympics, where he took down the Swiss ace in the men’s singles finals. “It’s the biggest win of my life,” he said moments after winning gold. “That’s for sure.”
4. But something’s fishy
On the post-victory menu for Murray? Sushi. “I don’t actually like junk food these days,” he told the BBC. “I used to love it, but apart from the odd pizza, nowadays I’d prefer to go for a nice meal.”
5. He was born with bipartite patella
Murray’s kneecap is actually composed of two separate bones instead of one, reports the BBC, meaning he has to play through the pain. “My knee hurts and I have just got to manage it,” he told London Evening Standard in 2010. “It hurts at different times of the year, and there is nothing I can do about it because it was just something I was born with. And I am going to have to deal with it for the rest of my career.”