Andy Murray receives rousing welcome in hometown

Thousands of people lined the streets in gloomy Scottish weather

Sunday to give Andy Murray a rousing welcome to his hometown of

Dunblane as he celebrated his Olympic and U.S. Open victories.

Britain’s first men’s Grand Slam winner in 76 years arrived on

an open-top bus before walking slowly through the town’s streets,

signing autographs as the crowds chanted his name, waved Scottish

flags and lifted homemade placards.

”So many people, so much support, it’s been a bit

overwhelming,” Murray said. ”It will take a few days to sink

in.”

The 25-year-old Murray beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win

the U.S. Open on Monday and end his agonizing wait for a major

title, five weeks after he routed Roger Federer in the final of the

Olympic tournament.

Murray missed Friday’s official victory parade for Scotland’s

Olympians and Paralympians in Glasgow, advised to take a couple of

days of complete rest at home after playing continuously for four

months.

But he patiently spent hours with his fans two days later,

hitting some balls with youngsters at the local tennis club and

stopping at a golden Olympic mailbox that was dedicated to Murray

after his win at the London Games.

An estimated 15,000 fans turned up under overcast skies as the

rain held off in the cathedral town in central Scotland.

”It’s overwhelming and I’ve never had anything like that

before,” Murray said.

The parade went an hour over schedule because Murray decided

against traveling on the bus with his family and friends.