Andy Murray is No. One

[Sports ★★]


(P1) Andy Murray, the British tennis player, became number one in the world for the first time. This happened when his competitor, Milos Raonic, dropped out of their match due to a leg injury. The officials automatically granted Murray the title.

(P2) Murray is the first British tennis player to top the singles rankings for tennis, and at 29 years old, is the oldest person to become number one since 1974. However, he will need to continue to play well as the number-one ranking advances until the end of the year. As well as this new title, he has two Olympic gold medals under his belt.

WORDS: 104


VOCABULARY: competitor, automatically, granted, rankings, advances


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like to play or watch tennis? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever been injured? If so, describe how?
  4. Are there other sports you enjoy watching or playing? If so, which ones?


  1. This is not the only time Murray has been ranked number one. (T or F)
  2. Who was Murray’s opponent in the match?
  3. Murray was given the top spot by _______________.
  4. What is Murray’s nationality?
  5. What else has Murray won in the past?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • number one (P1)
  • dropped out (P1)
  • singles rankings (P2)
  • under his belt (P2)

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Image source: By Carine06 from UK, CC-BY-SA 2.0,

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