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Andy Murray hotel helps him rise to sixth in rich list

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Andy Murray is the sixth highest earning British sportsman, according to the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List which is to be published next month.

The Wimbledon winner has been adjudged to be worth a staggering £40 million, and that's an £8 million increase on last year.

The rankings take into account all sorts of assets including land, property, etc... therefore, It could get better for the 26-year-old next year as well. His new luxurious hotel has just been voted as the best in Scotland; it has been open for less than a month and is situated near his Dunblane hometown.

The 'national treasure' - as it has been described - cost over £1 million to redevelop. 

Murray overtakes the likes of new interim Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs, Premier League title-chasing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Chelsea's Frank Lampard from the footballing world to move sixth on the list.

However Formula One star Lewis Hamilton tops the list with a mouth watering £68 million worth and he is closely trailed by his former teammate in the sport, Jenson Button.

Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand - two more United footballing idols - sit third and fifth respectively whilst Basketball star Steve Nash makes up the top five. 

Britain's no.1 tennis star has had a great 12 months, generally, on the court. He delighted the United Kingdom when became the first Brit since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon last summer.

It was his second Grand Slam title after winning the US Open in 2012, and the success came a year after picking up Olympic Gold in London and agonizingly losing in the final of SW19 to Roger Federer. 

Murray will no doubt be keen to keep his wallet nice and full courtesy of some on-court triumph this season too, although he hasn't made the best of starts.

Back surgery towards the end of 2013 and a lengthy rehabilitation period means that the Scottish star is out-of-form and without a singles title to his name.

One expense will come in the form of a new coach too. He split with former mentor Ivan Lendl last month despite winning his only Grand Slams under the Czechoslovakian. 

Larry Stefanki - former coach of Tim Henman, Andy Roddick and John McEnroe among others - has been linked with the vacant position that the world no.8 hopes to fill in a couple of weeks.

The need for a new coach is evident with Murray's least successful Grand Slam, the French Open, kicking-off next month before he will look to defend his Wimbledon crown.

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