Andy returns to the Sánchez-Casal Academy
The world number 1 ATP player Andy Murray visited the Academia Sánchez-Casal on Monday to inaugurate a court that will bear his name, and receive a tribute from all the students and staff.
Murray, who arrived in Barcelona at the age of 14 and trained at Academia Sánchez- Casal for two seasons, went on to compete in ITF tournaments and, four years later, managed to place himself among the top 400 ATP players. On Monday, he took a walk down memory lane, recalling his friends and training from his days at the academy.
The World Number 1, who participates this week in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, 65o Torneo Conde Godó said in his debut at the same tournament that “Barcelona has had a very important meaning in my life” and today he once again highlighted his time at the Academia Sánchez-Casal in Barcelona.
Andy Murray during his stage in Sánchez-Casal developed his tennis and took the important step of being a junior player to becoming a professional player while training at the Academia Sánchez-Casal in Barcelona.
The young man arrived in Barcelona when he was 14 years old. He competed in smaller tournaments, moving onto ITFs, and four years later, at the age of 18, Andy had managed to place himself in the top 400 of ATP players. During his time at ASC, he matured both as a player and as a person, while living away from his native country.
With a “good hand” and an innate talent, the teenager soon began to build his career in national and international tournaments. He then followed the logical progression by competing in ITF tournaments, but he did so faster than other players given that, at that time, he could already challenge expert players like Carlos Moya on the court.
During his stay in Barcelona he made good friends such as Daniel Vallverdú, who has been his coach, and Carlos Mier.