Minted Murray... the man who's set to net £100m and the loyal team who helped him reach the top (including his No.1 fan Kim Sears)

September 12 [Wed], 2012, 10:39
With his thrilling five-set US Open victory, Andy Murray is assured of a place in the tennis history books.

His epic triumph also brings the promise of more immediate material rewards, however.

Experts yesterday predicted that by ending the nation's 76-year wait for a Grand Slam men's singles champion, Murray's career earnings could now top £100million – making him one of Britain's richest sports superstars.

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Andy Murray before an interview on the NBC Today Show during a New York City trophy tour yesterdayAndy Murray before an interview on the NBC Today Show during a New York City trophy tour yesterday


Meet Team Murray

Professional: Andy Murray stayed on soft drinks as he and girlfriend Kim Sears celebrated his victory with a meal at New York's Hakkasan restaurantProfessional: Andy Murray stayed on soft drinks as he and girlfriend Kim Sears celebrated his victory with a meal at New York's Hakkasan restaurant
'Tennis king': Andy Murray stands proudly in New York's Central Park with the US Open trophy he won by defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic'Tennis king': Andy Murray stands proudly in New York's Central Park with the US Open trophy he won by defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic
Touching: Andy Murray hugs his mother Judy after a photo session in Central Park following his US Open victoryTouching: Andy Murray hugs his mother Judy after a photo session in Central Park following his US Open victory
Andy Murray poses with his trophy in Central Park after winning the men's singles titleAndy Murray poses with his trophy in Central Park after winning the men's singles title




His four-hour, 54-minute win over Novak Djokovic was worth almost £1.2million in prize money alone. But that will be dwarfed by the riches set to flood into the 25-year-old's bank account.

Coupled with his Olympic Gold medal-winning defeat of Roger Federer last month, the US Open result will see major international sponsors clamour for a piece of 'Brand Murray'.

Murray already has a £15million five-year deal with Adidas, as well as lucrative contracts with Royal Bank of Scotland, Head racquets and Jaguar.

According to the Sunday Times Sport Rich List, his £24million fortune makes him the UK's 42nd-richest sportsman. But by joining tennis's elite Grand Slam club and emulating the achievement of Fred Perry – the last Briton to see such success, with eight Slams between 1933 and 1936 – the young Scot is likely to have huge brands such as Coca-Cola and Visa lining up to be associated with him.
Andy Murray looks on next to the US Open Championship trophy during an interview on CNNAndy Murray looks on next to the US Open Championship trophy during an interview on CNN

In the money: Despite being made to sweat for almost five hours to win the title, new US Open champion Andy Murray looked fine as he reflected on a win that could earn him up to £100million

In the money: Despite being made to sweat for almost five hours to win the title, new US Open champion Andy Murray looked fine as he reflected on a win that could earn him up to £100million

Why he made time to find his watch

Dad leads home town party


Champion: U.S. Open tennis men's singles champion Andy Murray posing with the trophyChampion: U.S. Open tennis men's singles champion Andy Murray posing with the trophy

Andy Murray celebrates in Central Park with the trophy in front of the press following his winAndy Murray celebrates in Central Park with the trophy in front of the press following his win

Murray walks with his girlfriend Kim Sears after a photo session in New York's Central ParkMurray walks with his girlfriend Kim Sears after a photo session in New York's Central Park

Nigel Currie, of sports marketing agency BrandRapport, said: 'Andy Murray could realistically triple his off-court earnings from sponsorship, advertising and endorsements to reach around £20million in the next 12 months.

'Tennis and golf are two of the few genuinely global sports that reach every country and as one of the top four players in tennis he has a huge global profile.

'The last obstacle to him really moving into the very top league of sports earners was winning a Grand Slam tournament.

Winning team: Andy Murray and his girlfriend Kim Sears pose with the US Open championship trophy

Kim Sears, girlfriend of Andy Murray, takes a photo with her Union Flag covered mobile phone following his win in the U.S. Open

Winning team: Andy Murray and his girlfriend Kim Sears pose with the US Open championship trophy




Triumphant: Andy Murray, wearing a £2,580 watch provided by his sponsors, holds the US Open trophy aloft after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final match in New YorkTriumphant: Andy Murray, wearing a £2,580 watch provided by his sponsors, holds the US Open trophy aloft after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final match in New York



'Once you're a Grand Slam winner you're in a unique group, and it's that uniqueness that becomes highly marketable. He will become one of the few athletes who is recognised in every part of the world.'

One reward Murray is not apparently angling for, however, is a knighthood.

He said: 'A lot of my friends have been messaging me about it. I think it should maybe take more than just one or two good tournaments to deserve something like that, but I think people will be saying that because it's been such a long time since it happened in tennis. It would probably be a bit rash.'

Praise from the PM: David Cameron hailed Andy Murray's triumph as a 'truly great victory'

Licence to thrill: Comedian David Walliams joked on Twitter that support from James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery had helped Murray win the title

Cheer: Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, who was among the crowd watching the match, tweeted his congratulations to Murray after the matchMurray's win, capping a golden summer of British sport, came in a stunning performance witnessed by a crowd featuring a strong contingent of British celebrities.

Sir Sean Connery was joined by Sir Patrick Stewart, young actors Andrew Garfield and Jack Huston and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to cheer on Murray at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

American actors Kevin Spacey and Mad Men star Jon Hamm were also there. As the plaudits rolled in, David Cameron was quick to hail the triumph a 'truly great victory'.

Murray's manager Simon Fuller was among the delighted spectators, seeing one of his sporting clients make history.

But the man behind the 19 management group that also looks after David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton must now try to persuade his charge to re-sign when his contract expires in December – just at the time when Murray's commercial potential has rocketed.



Kim Sears looks to the big screen with her hands clasped together as a point is challengedKim Sears looks to the big screen with her hands clasped together as a point is challenged




Andy Murray meets Friends star Matthew Perry in New York

Matthew Perry with the famous trophy

Friends in high places: Actor Matthew Perry tweeted pictures of himself meeting Andy Murray and holding the US Open trophy



Actor Sean Connery awaits the start of the U.S. Open men's finalActor Sean Connery awaits the start of the U.S. Open men's final


American Beauty star Kevin Spacey smiles as he watches the drama unfold on court

Home support: Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, watches Andy Murray

American Beauty star Kevin Spacey, left, smiles as he watches the drama unfold on court. Right, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also came to see Murray



Residents of Dunblane watch local boy Andy Murray play at Dunblane Hotel in ScotlandResidents of Dunblane watch local boy Andy Murray play at Dunblane Hotel in Scotland

Local boy done good: Fans of tennis player Andy Murray react as they watch his US Open men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic on TV in the bar of The Dunblane Hotel Local boy done good: Fans of tennis player Andy Murray react as they watch his US Open men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic on TV in the bar of The Dunblane Hotel

Staff at a hairdressing salon in Murray's home town of Dunblane wave American flags to celebrate his triumph at the US OpenStaff at a hairdressing salon in Murray's home town of Dunblane wave American flags to celebrate his triumph at the US Open


Andy Murray's uncle Niall Erskine stands next to a cardboard cut-out of the star with his wife Tracey and children Cora (left) and Ailsa (right) at Dunblane Tennis Club

Andy Murray's grandparents, Roy and Shirley Erskine, celebrate his win

Family occasion: Andy Murray's uncle Niall Erskine stands next to a cardboard cut-out of the star with his wife Tracey and children Cora and Ailsa at Dunblane Tennis Club (left), while the player's grandparents, Roy and Shirley Erskine, celebrate the win (right)


Alex McIntosh and Stewart McLymont of David Bennett Butchers in Dunblane show off burgers and sausages specially made to mark Murray's triumphAlex McIntosh and Stewart McLymont of David Bennett Butchers in Dunblane show off burgers and sausages specially made to mark Murray's triumph

Andy Murray of Great Britain laughs as he is interviewed after his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia

A picture of Andy Murray taken in 2003

Now and then: Andy Murray laughs as he is interviewed after his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia (left), showing a smile seldom seen on the court since he was a promising junior player in 2003 (right)