Andy and Jamie Murray, the hugely successful brotherly tennis duo based in Britain, are seeing all their efforts toward the sport commended and have their names etched in history.
The Scotland-based brothers, who learned their trade from their mother while growing up have made quite the name for themselves, having established their positions as some of the top talent in British tennis history.
With nine Grand Slams between both of them, the Murray family’s contributions have been commended with a new tournament name that honours the hugely successful family in the sport.
The ATP Challenger Event in Glasgow will now be renamed ‘the Murray Trophy’ in a gesture that makes Jamie feel “honoured”.
For the Murray family, however, it has much more meaning than just that as it will work well in promoting the sport in Britain.
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Back in Janurary, younger brother Andy publicly criticised British tennis as a whole for not building on its success and publicly marketing the sport as well as it could have been, especially in the North of England.
Putting ego aside, the Murray brothers believe that a tennis tournament with their name on it that represents British Tennis will do a world of good in trying to promote the sport.
Jamie further expressed his delight in an interview, saying, as per The Metro: “I’m excited to be working with the LTA and Glasgow Life on this event and honoured to have it named in recognition of my family’s achievements in the sport.
“I really hope we can use the Murray Trophy – Glasgow to increase awareness of tennis and create opportunities for more boys and girls to play, both in Scotland and Britain as a whole.”
Lawn Tennis Association CEO Scott Loyd echoed those statements by saying: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring world class tennis back to Scotland and I’m delighted we are naming this event the Murray Trophy – Glasgow in tribute to the Murray family’s contribution to the game.
“We want to open tennis up to as many people across the country as we can and I hope events like this will enable tennis champions of the future to experience the thrill of live tennis and get out on a tennis court.”
While the Murray brothers still feel there is a massive amount of work to be done in promoting the sport in Britain, they can only be thrilled with this new tournament named in their honour and see it as a huge first step in doing so.