Andy Murray, 31, left a press conference in tears last night, as he confirmed his upcoming plans. The Scot, who has suffered from a hip injury since Wimbledon 2017, has now revealed he is set to take a step back from playing the sport at a professional level. He said that he is expecting to play in this month’s Grand Slam, which may well be his last. And, the former world No. 1 explained that he hoped to retire following Wimbledon in July this year – however Andy admitted he was unsure if he would be fit to play.
The 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist first began playing the sport when he was just three-years-old.
By the age of five, Andy had played in his first competitive tournament, and just three years later, he was competing with adults in the Central District Tennis League.
In March 2005, the tennis player became the youngest Briton to play in the Davis Cup.
A month later, he turned professional.
It was the following year that Andy landed the title of British No. 1, ranking as the world No. 42.
The first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since fellow professional tennis player Fred Perry in 1936, Andy has no doubt amassed a huge amount of money during his career.
So, what exactly is his net worth?
According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2018, the tennis star could be worth around £83 million.
In part, that’s due to his huge on-court earnings.
In 2016, these are thought to be around $16.3 million (£12,775,000) – which include the £2 million prize money for winning the Gentleman’s singles at Wimbledon that year.
The publication reported that last year, Andy’s income may have dropped to a still rather impressive $2 million (£1,568,000).
On top of that, Andy has found himself plenty of ways to make himself some extra cash.
With sponsorship deals with Under Armour, Head, Standard Life, and Jaguar, it’s likely that he will have earned himself quite a sum of money to enjoy during his retirement.
The Sunday Times also reported how Andy was developing his 77 Sports Management business, and owns the Cromlix hotel near Dunblane, north of Stirling, Scotland.
And, amid his busy tennis career, the sports star has found plenty of time for charitable acts too – raising £700,000 for charity with his annual tennis weekend in Glasgow back in 2017.
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