Andy Murray’s visit to Stirling stuns staff and students
Two-time Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray was a smash hit with staff and students when he visited the University of Stirling campus to show off the Davis Cup trophy.
The World Number 2 visited the Gannochy Tennis Centre courts where he first honed his skills – and was joined by brother Jamie and mum Judy.
The 29-year-old spoke with youngsters from neighbouring schools who are keen to get into tennis, and gave some of the University’s high performance players the chance to take on Britain’s best.
Andy also caught up with members of the devoted Stirling University Barmy Army who supported Team GB throughout their Davis Cup campaign.
Andy said: "I am proud to be back in Scotland with the Davis Cup and for the opportunity to share what was an incredible moment personally and also for all involved, with the community.
"Stirling in particular played a huge part in mine and my brother's tennis careers as the indoor facilities are where we played during the harsh Scottish winters, and countless rainy days.
"Being a part of something that will hopefully encourage others to get involved and choose tennis as part of their everyday lives is an amazing feeling and it's important to ensure a lasting legacy follows the team's historic achievements."
Stirling staff and students also had the opportunity to see and be pictured with the impressive Davis Cup Trophy, following Great Britain’s historic win against Belgium in the 2015 Final, while student radio station Air3 provided the soundtrack to the afternoon.
Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at the University, said: “Andy Murray has a long history and affinity with the University – first as a young player and later, as an honorary graduate. It is always a pleasure to welcome him back on campus.
“It was very special to have both Judy and Jamie here, as well as the Davis Cup trophy itself, and to give the wider University community the chance to share in the success of the GB team and get involved in tennis. This was also a unique opportunity for our University tennis club and cohort of elite scholars to get up close and personal with their heroes and I am sure it has inspired them to play with renewed passion.”
In 2014, Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence honoured the Olympic Singles tennis champion with a doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tennis.