Murray receives rousing welcome to home town
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 this
Britain’s first male 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
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 overwhelming Roger Federer in the final of
the Olympic tournament.
Murray missed Friday’s official victory parade for Scotland’s
Olympians and Paralympians in Glasgow, having been 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,
taking part in a knockabout 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 travelling on the bus with his family and friends.