Sam Murray

Biography

Date of Birth

June 4, 1993

Residence

Montréal, QC

Birthplace

Baie-Comeau, QC

Home Club

Nautilus Plus, Brossard, QC

Coach

Rino Langelier

Years on Team

Sam Murray made his international debut as an elite national team member at the 2014 IRF World Championships. Since then he has represented Canada internationally nine times. Murray medaled for his first time at the 2016 World Championships, winning bronze in men’s singles and recently won silver at the 2019 World Championship in Men’s Doubles with partner Coby Iwaasa. In total, Murray has won four medals at the international level, including 1 silver and 3 bronze. Murray has had a quick rise in rankings at the national elite level and on the International Pro-Tour (IRT). Although represented Canada at the Junior World Championships twice, his success has come as an elite player. Murray was very active on the pro-tour during 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Murray advanced to his first pro-tour final after just playing on the tour full-time for two years. He finished the season in 7th place in the IRT singles rankings and 3rd in doubles. Murray has been on the podium twelve times at the elite national level and holds four Canadian Men’s Open Doubles titles and two Open Singles titles. In 2019 he won both the Men’s Open Singles title and an historic Men’s Open Doubles title with his brother Tommy Murray. It is the first time in the history of the sport in Canada that two brothers have won a title together.

Q&A

Start in Racquetball:  I started to play when I was eight years old, with my brother. My parents had been playing for many years and always brought us along to the club in Baie-Comeau. 

Reason for playing:   I play racquetball because I love the sport and I am good at it. I like to push myself to become better and like playing with my brother and training with my coach. I enjoy the competition racquetball offers me.

Training habits:A normal week of training during racquetball season is practicing racquetball with my coach, playing racquetball with my brother, and working out at the gym.

Best Racquetball moment or memory: My best moment since leaving the junior level and becoming an elite athlete is winning the 2019 Canadian Championship Open Doubles title with my brother. My first final on the professional circuit is also a defining moment in my career.

Non – Racquetball Talents: Pickleball and Squash.

When you are not playing Racquetball you are probably:Watching TV, playing other sports, or spending time with my brother.

What is something that people might not know about you or find surprising?  Nothing.

Advise for athletes who want to play at your level:I would tell them to never quit, to train hard and that the hard work always pays off.

Who has been important in your developed as a racquetball athlete? The most important factor in my development was moving to Brossard with my brother for our studies and for racquetball. Since we arrived in Brossard, my trainer Rino Langelier has followed my development much more closely. Rino and my brother have been the key to my development as a racquetball player.

Highlights

Silver 2019 World Championships Men’s Doubles
Bronze 2018 World Championships Men’s Doubles
Bronze 2016 World Championships Men’s Singles
Silver 2019 Pan Am Championships Men’s Doubles
Bronze 2018 Pan Am Championships Men’s Doubles
Gold 2019 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Singles
Gold 2019 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles
Gold 2018 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Singles
Gold 2018 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles
Silver 2017 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Singles
Bronze 2017 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles
Gold 2016 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles
Silver 2015 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Singles
Bronze 2015 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles
Bronze 2014 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Singles
Gold 2014 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles
Bronze 2013 Canadian Championships Men’s Open Doubles

Equipment

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