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Andy Murray

Three-time Grand Slam-winning tennis player

Andy Murray was born on 15 May 1987 in Dunblane, Scotland. In September 2004 he won the boys' singles title at the US Open in New York, and that December he was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. The following year he became the youngest-ever player to represent Britain in the Davis Cup, reached the third round in his debut at Wimbledon, and broke into the top 100 at the Thailand Open. In 2006 he won his first ATP title at SanJose and has since captured a further 21 ATP World Tour Titles and reached 3 Grand Slam finals - www.andymurray.com/ Could you live on £5 for 5 days? This is the question thousands of people across the country will be asking themselves in May when they take up the challenge to Live Below the Line . It’s a campaign that caught my imagination and hopefully yours too as it’s quite a different type of charity challenge: It asks people across the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia to live on £1 a day for all food and drink for five days in May. Why? You might well ask. Well, it’s twofold; firstly to raise awareness about 1.4 billion people who live on this budget every day, for everything, so food, drink, education, transport, healthcare, the lot. Surviving on that budget is pretty incomprehensible for most of us which is why this is such a powerful campaign. If you take up the challenge from 7-11th May, you’re getting a personal glimpse into the reality of living in extreme poverty and a life without the daily choices we all enjoy and so easily take for granted. Secondly, Live Below the Line raises funds as people get sponsored for an inspiring range of international development charities, including Malaria No More UK, which I’ve supported since it launched three years ago. I was instantly drawn to the charity’s single-minded mission – to end deaths from malaria in Africa. Malaria claims the life of a child every minute, yet is is a preventable and treatable disease. The devastation of losing loved ones and those closest to you, to a disease that is easily treatable like malaria is something not many of us have to face in the UK, but in Africa people don’t have the same choice. What’s more, malaria stops people from going to work, caring for their families and children from going to school. The disease takes a financial toll too, costing families up to 25% of their annual income and in the end, malaria costs the African economy a staggering £8 billion a year in lost productivity. I’ve not had the chance to visit Africa yet due to my tennis commitments, hopefully the time will come after my career, but in meantime it’s encouraging to hear the positives coming out of the work that so many of us support - since launching, Malaria No More UK’s partnerships in Ghana, Namibia and Botswana, are helping to protect over five million people from malaria. The charity is part of a global movement backing the goal of ‘near zero’ deaths from malaria by 2015. It’s an impressive ambition and one which is seeing historic progress - malaria deaths in Africa have dropped by one third since 2000 with over 1.1 million children’s lives already saved. That’s quite an achievement and by taking part in Live Below the Line more lives can be saved and protected. As an athlete, I’m used to my fair share of meal planning and strict diets and it's a bit of a pain to miss out on food you’d usually enjoy, I'm sure chocolate will top a few lists. I’ll be competing in Europe, so although I physically can’t take part, I’ll be with you in spirit. I look forward to hearing the stories of the different menus concocted and more importantly funds raised to save lives from malaria and fight poverty. I’m also donating a tennis package as a prize which will be won by the top Live Below the Line fundraiser who raises the most for Malaria No More UK. The package includes one of my signed racquets, a signed T-shirt and a pair of tickets to see me play at a match in London this summer. Check out the charity’s website for more details. Thanks for taking the time to read and good luck

Why I'm Guest Editing HuffPost UK And Helping To Build Modern Men

<img alt="bmm banner.jpg" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4815860/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> It is a massive privilege to be guest editor of the Huffington Post today as we launch Building Modern Men. Over the next month you're going to hear stories of remarkable people doing remarkable things to change the conversation around mental health and male suicide. I think there are some key issues we desperately need to kickstart a conversation around so we can all work to reduce this horrible statistic. It's a chance to raise awareness of subjects which men don't naturally talk about... Building Modern Men will not only talk about problems facing men, but it will tell the stories of people and communities doing amazing things, overcoming great odds and coming up with solutions to the very real challenges they face.
01/11/2016 08:10 GMT

The Importance of Home

Having a child of my own has strengthened my commitment as a Unicef UK Ambassador and one of the reasons I created <em>Andy Murray Live</em>, a new exhibition tennis event, to raise much-needed funds to help support vulnerable children. And when deciding where to put on the event there was one place that felt right, Glasgow. My home town.
21/09/2016 14:08 BST

Our Shot to End Malaria

There's no tournament on earth like Wimbledon and, after winning here three years ago, I'm looking forward to returning with the home advantage and the incredible support of my fans, and giving it my best shot. This year I'm proud to be wearing Malaria No More UK's logo on my sleeve. I've supported the charity's work to end malaria deaths for seven years now... In the fight against malaria, when funding has been reduced or stopped many countries have seen the disease return with a vengeance. We cannot afford to stand still or let any ground slip when so many lives and futures are at stake.
27/06/2016 16:28 BST

Join Me in WWF's Battle to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

As illegal wildlife trade has grown and become more organised, it's now the fourth largest illegal transnational trade worldwide after drugs, counterfeiting and people trafficking. According to WWF, the equivalent of about three rhinos were poached every day in 2013. As someone who is very passionate about animals this is something that I really don't like hearing about. The illegal trade in animal parts is the biggest threat to many species and must be stopped. I decided to get more involved and support WWF because I love wildlife. I have since I was a kid.
06/11/2014 17:28 GMT

Why I'm Supporting Stand Up to Cancer

It's been well documented that one of my best friends, Ross Hutchins, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma a few years ago. Ross and I had grown up together on the tennis circuit, and his diagnosis was devastating. He was treated with chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital and a year after his diagnosis, his cancer went into remission. He's now fit and well to this day - a testimony to the crucial advances we've made in cancer treatment thanks to ground-breaking research into the illness. But not everyone is so lucky. At the beginning Elena Baltacha, the former British number one, was diagnosed with cancer of the liver. She died in May, at the age of 30.
16/10/2014 17:25 BST

Why I Welcome the UK Announcement for the Global Fund

There was some good news last week as the government has announced it will significantly increase its support for the Global Fund over the next three years - subject to other countries following its lead. The UK is doing sterling work to champion the fight against three of the world's biggest, preventable killer diseases - Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This support will enable hundreds of millions of lives to be transformed and help give families, communities and entire countries the chance to thrive and reach their potential.
01/10/2013 08:32 BST

Together We Can Be the Net That Makes Malaria No More

In the past year, I've won some of the biggest matches of my career but today, I'm writing about a winnable battle I'm proud to support off court. It's the fight against malaria - one of the biggest killers on earth yet a preventable disease that we have the power to beat. The scale of malaria is staggering. It was reported that around 17 million people watched the Wimbledon final between Roger and myself last July- that's a lot of people. But I've also realised that in my lifetime - the last 26 years - far more than that number have died from malaria. Every death is needless as malaria is preventable and curable.
28/06/2013 08:08 BST

Could You Live on £5 for Five Days?

As an athlete, I'm used to my fair share of meal planning and strict diets and it's a bit of a pain to miss out on food you'd usually enjoy, I'm sure chocolate will top a few lists. I'll be competing in Europe, so although I physically can't take part, I'll be with you in spirit.
14/03/2012 22:57 GMT