Kamau Murray was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and began playing tennis at age 7 during his summer break from school, as it was the first summer program his parents found where they could afford to send him. He continued to play during the school year in Chicago Public Schools after-school programs for many years.
Murray attended the Whitney Young Magnet High School, the same high school attended by former USTA President, Katrina Adams.
Murray played tennis at Florida A&M University, where he served as the team captain for two years. During his sophomore season, the team won the MEAC conference title.
After finishing his undergraduate degree, he also served as an assistant coach for the team while completing an MBA degree.
Murray founded the XS Tennis and Education Foundation on the former site of the Robert Taylor Chicago Housing Project to serve underprivileged children in the community.
Murray currently coaches, 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens.