The Murray Effect: Securing his legacy

Andy Murra. Source: Ian Dick
Andy Murra. Source: Ian Dick
Men’s Tennis No.1 Andy Murray. Source: Ian Dick

It’s been little under a month since Andy Murray made history by securing his position as the world number one in men’s singles tennis.

Claiming the title from his rival Novak Djokovic, he became the first British player to reach the top-spot since computerised rankings began in 1973.

On November 6th he celebrated the achievement by winning the Paris Masters  for the first time in his career.

Murray has brought much attention to Scottish Tennis and has had a considerable effect on the uptake in the sport.

Tennis Scotland said:

“Since Andy broke into the top 10 of world rankings in 2007, the number of people playing tennis in venues and clubs across Scotland has risen from around 30,000 to almost 54,000.”

While much of this evidence is circumstantial and difficult to prove the governing body of Scottish Tennis said national pride is at an all time high:

“[T]here is a substantial amount of anecdotal evidence of the positivity of the ‘Murray effect’

Furthermore, the sport in Scotland now receives a much greater profile than it did pre-Andy although still plays second fiddle to football for most of the year.”

Whilst the Murray family are keen to cement Andy’s legacy, the plans have been met with some opposition.

Judy Murray, mother of Andy, and his brother Jamie- the current men’s double champion- has had her hopes for a new tennis and golf centre in the Park of Keir rejected. The proposed 12-court tennis venue included golfing facilities, a hotel and spa, and 19 luxury homes.

Judy Murray told the Stirling Observer, “It’s the final thing for me, the final piece in the puzzle, but if for some reason it doesn’t happen, the creation of a legacy is going to be down to somebody else.”

Stirling Council rejected the plans for the development which would see the luxury homes built on a green belt area.

Stirling Council said:

“The residential development does not support the diversification of the rural economy” along with the luxury houses bot providing: “a range of housing of different types and sizes”.

Murray quickly appealed this decision and an inquiry was launched by the Scottish Government in September this year.

The development is estimated to cost £12.5 million and is backed by Judy Murray and British golfer, Colin Montgomerie.

Murray told the inquiry that the sports center needed to open to “as many people as possible, regardless of means”.

The inquiry finished on the 14th of September and the verdict is expected within the next two weeks.

Murray told BBC Scotland:

 “”It’s important to capitalise on the momentum we have just now in British tennis.”

While the respective parties wait for the verdict, Murray considers other ways in which he could cement his tennis legacy.

Bookmakers estimate 1/6  in favour of a knighthood for Murray

However, the tennis champion said he is:“too young for knighthood.”