US OPEN 2012
Murray Receives Hero's Welcome In Dunblane
by ATP Staff|
Scotland’s Andy Murray returned to a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Dunblane, where 15,000 people lined the streets on Sunday to celebrate the newly crowned Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medallist.
“I had no idea what to expect, so to see so many people show up and show such support and hang around for so long in the rain and cold weather was unbelievable,” he said.
Murray arrived in an open-topped bus, and then took a stroll through town up to the Dunblane Tennis Court, stopping to sign autographs and pose for photographs as fans waved their flags and congratulatory placards. He also checked out the golden postbox commemorating his Olympic triumph, and showed off his gold and silver medals before passing them along to a group of local children to try on.
The World No. 3 continued his homecoming tour at his old club, where he had a hit with young tennis players.
"It was great, I've really, really enjoyed it,” he told BBC Scotland. “I had all my family here and a lot of friends from school and teachers who taught me - all sorts - my old tennis coaches. It was a great day, I'm really happy to have been part of it.”