It turns out that Andy Murray's sulking demeanor on the court could not be less representative of the tennis superstar's actual personality. In fact, as a recent business venture proves, Murray actually has a heart of gold.
The world's third-ranked player recently announced that he is purchasing an out-of-commission hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland, to turn it into a five-star tourist destination that will bring money and jobs to the community.
Murray paid $2.7 million to buy the Cromlix Hotel, a Victorian mansion with 14 bedrooms, two drawing rooms, a library and much more. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist hopes to refurbish it in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup in nearby Gleneagles, Scotland.
In total, Murray said he'd like to create roughly 40 new jobs.
"By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of the Dunblane community, we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses," Murray said in a statement. "I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in."
Murray is quite familiar with the property, as he was the best man at his brother's 2010 wedding at Cromlix. The 25-year-old has hired Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) to supervise the refurbishing.
"I am confident that, with Andy, we can create a very special hotel in his home community," said Norbert Lieder, ICMI's managing director. "While we aim to create a destination that attracts visitors from around the world, we are also determined to ensure it remains a venue of choice for local people."
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