Andy Murray: The $20million man


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Andy Murray at 2012 Australian Open

There is a sarcastic song from Randy Newman called "It's Money That I Love" where he tackles the old adage of "money can't buy love" by talking about all the hedonistic alternatives a man can purchase if he has the means.

After singing about cruising around in a limousine on a hot September night with a young girl and a bag of Class A drugs, he tells his audience.

"Now that may not be love but…it's all right."

Now we would never suggest that Andy Murray would get up to those kinds of shenanigans but he certainly now has the coinage to spend a lifetime off the rails.

Until he wins a Grand Slam title, the Scotsman might not completely claim the love and admiration of the demanding British public, but if he wins in Dubai this week he will incredibly take his career earnings past the $20 million mark.

That's just earnings on the tennis court too: it doesn't take into account appearance fees, sponsorship deals and anything else 'Brand Murray' has been able to generate.

Murray currently stands at number 12 on the all-time money list (see below), but he should be cracking the top 10 very soon.

Andy Roddick currently holds 10th spot, but given their respective form in recent seasons and the fact that Murray is less than $500,000 behind the American, it is not unreasonable to expect him to overtake the former US Open winner before the year is out.

Inflation obviously plays a big role when you try and interpret the all-time money list but there is already a strong case to be made for saying that Murray, who let us not forget is still only 24, is the greatest player of all time never to win a Grand Slam.

He has already racked up 22 career titles, which means that in the Open era, Brian Gottfried (25) is the only player who has won more without claiming a Slam.

Murray has played in three Grand Slam finals too while Gottfried only reached one — the 1977 French Open final where he was served up two bagels in a 6-0 6-3 6-0 defeat by Guillermo Vilas.

Unsurprisingly, Murray is comfortably the highest earner never to have won a Slam — with Nikolay Davydenko his closest rival nearly $5m back.

Basically, any way you look at it, Murray has had a sensational career and given his age, there should be plenty more to come.

Playing in the same era as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal means it's feasible that he might never win a Grand Slam but that shouldn't detract from the fact that he is on course to be one of the all-time greats.

If he wins this week he will be able to look back on career title number 23 and over $20m in earnings in the bank — and all this before his 25th birthday.

Now that may not be a Grand Slam but…it's all right.

All-Time Men's Tennis Money List Top 20

1. Federer, Roger $68,314,141

2. Nadal, Rafael $46,300,862

3. Sampras, Pete $43,280,489

4. Djokovic, Novak $35,255,670

5. Agassi, Andre $31,152,975

6. Becker, Boris $25,080,956

7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny $23,883,797

8. Lendl, Ivan $21,262,417

9. Edberg, Stefan $20,630,941

10. Roddick, Andy $20,146,069

11. Ivanisevic, Goran $19,878,007

12. Murray, Andy $19,674,559

13. Chang, Michael $19,145,632

14. Hewitt, Lleyton $19,130,483

15. Davydenko, Nikolay $14,969,324

16. Kuerten, Gustavo $14,807,000

17. Bjorkman, Jonas $14,600,323

18. Safin, Marat $14,373,291

19. Courier, Jim $14,034,132

20. Ferrero, Juan Carlos $13,834,033


MURRAY ON MONEY: The 'Murray Mint' isn't likely to waste away his cash like a certain football club from his home country has. Here's  Murray's summation on the Rangers situation: "A lot of my friends are Rangers fans and they were saying for years they are really struggling financially, they have a lot of debt, they are really struggling. I just don't understand how it happens so often nowadays in football. You understand obviously it's very hard to run a football club to be successful, but people need to be a bit more sensible with the way you spend your money," he told The National newspaper. Don't expect Murray to bail them out either too — he's a Hibs fan!

THANKS BRO! The 869th-ranked Marko Djokovic has said that people raise their game against him because of his famous brother — world number one Novak. Marko commented after his first round loss at the Dubai Championship: "(Opponents) try more. I played qualifiers and futures and was coming back from the injury, and it was really tough. I had to fight for every point. So this is the big difference when they play against me and then when I see them playing against somebody else. There have been a lot of positive and negative things being his brother. It's a lot positive. Financially I have all the needs and I can get all the coaches and all the practice. But negative things, there is a lot of pressure. Everybody expects, which is really tough to achieve. But I'm trying. I'm doing my best."

TENNIS STARS AT THE OSCARS: The Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova were both at the Oscars on Friday night. Who do you think won in the fashion stakes?

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Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters at the Oscars

IS GABRIELA SABATINI STILL HOT WATCH: Despite now being in her 40s the answers would still appear to be a resounding yes judging by how she was looking at last week's ATP Buenos Aires Open.

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Gabriela Sabatini last week and back in 1994

WHAT THE TENNIS STARS ARE GETTING UP TO IN DUBAI: Andy Murray has been playing football on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

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Andy Murray in Dubai

Tomas Berdych and his model girlfriend Ester Satorova have been swimming with dolphins at the Atlantis resort on the Palm Jumeirah

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Tomas Berdych and his model girlfriend Ester Satorova

While Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been hanging out around a giant helipad.

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in Dubai

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