British tennis star Andy Murray has been given the world number one ranking. The revised rankings were announced on Monday 7 November, placing Murray at the top of the pack.
To claim the ranking he had to reach the final of the Paris Masters. His semi-final didn’t take place due to Milos Raonic pulling out due to injury. This automatically put Murray through to the final and into the world number one spot.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the competition in the quarter finals. This was good news for Murray and his bid to replace the Serbian in the rankings, after he spent 122 weeks at the top.
Murray is the first British singles player ever to hold the ranking. The 29-year-old is also the second oldest player to hold the world number one title. John Newcombe is the only person older to achieve the ranking, just one year older than Murray.
2016 has been Murray’s year in the world of tennis, claiming titles and breaking records left right and centre.
At Rio’s summer Olympics he was Team GB’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony. Proving once again his sporting prowess he then brought home gold.
The two-time Sports Personality of the Year winner also claimed the Wimbledon title for the second time this year. This made him the first British male to win multiple Wimbledon titles since Fred Perry in 1935.
Murray has spoken proudly of the ranking and all that he’s achieved in tennis. “It’s been many years of work to get here. It’s been such a difficult thing to do because of how good the guys around me have been”.
He holds the record for taking the longest time to become the world number one whilst being in the number two spot. Only time will tell how long Murray can now stay at the top.