World-class success earned Sir Andy top civic honour

Andy Murray, pictured on the day he received the freedom of Stirling honour
Andy Murray, pictured on the day he received the freedom of Stirling honour

Sir Andy Murray is clearly heartbroken at having to concede his tennis career is over - but for tens of thousands of Forth Valley well-wishers he will always be a major local hero.

The 31-year-old from Dunblane plans to play at the Australian Open against world number 22 Roberto Bautista Agut this Monday, but admitted injury may mean he cannot play beyond the tournament.

He is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals and former world No. 1.

Knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list at the end of 2016, he became the first British man since 1936 to win a Grand Slam when he won the US Open title in 2012.

A Golden Post Box was located in his home town Dunblane following his 2012 Olympic victory, and he was awarded the Freedom of Stirling at a special meeting of Stirling Council during 2014.

He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling, where he once trained.

Stirling Council leader Scott Farmer said: “Andy Murray is an inspirational figure who has made an immense contribution to tennis both locally and nationally.

“He has had an outstanding career, from his early days training at Dunblane Tennis Club, to his successful Grand Slam and Olympic victories.

“He is a great role model for our young people whose aspiration and dedication has helped inspire a new generation of young people to participate in sports. Stirling could have asked for no greater ambassador to showcase the many benefits that come from a healthy, active and engaged lifestyle”.

As a reminder, his career highlights include - 41 weeks as world number one; three grand slam titles, including two at Wimbledon; (2013 and 2016) and a US Open (2012); winning two Olympic gold medals (2012 and 2016); reached eleven grand slam finals; winning 14 ‘Masters 1000’ titles; helping Great Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015; and winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year no less than three times.