It may not have been the best year for Andy Murray on the tennis court, being knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter finals and now exiting the US Open at the same stage thanks to Novak Djokovic, but he has ways of consoling himself - 10 million ways, in fact.
The tennis star's personal company is said to have been valued at more than £10 million in 2013 and recorded nearly £4m in profit after tax. The sportsman's £2m investment in Cromlix, his hotel in Perthshire, bought last year, already seems to be paying off, as it is now valued at £3.44m and has garnered enthusiastic reviews since opening in March. All in all, it isn't bad compensation for having to hand back that Wimbledon trophy.
Murray's financial success shows how much more than sporting glory comes with a big championship win. As well as making him a lifelong hero in the eyes of millions of British sports fans, winning Wimbledon made him a coveted face for advertisers. That will not make it any easier for the player to win at SW19 or Flushing Meadows next year, of course, but after making the decision as a very young man to pursue a career with such uncertain prospects, the star has certainly won much-deserved financial security.
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