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Heroes of Scotland: Interview with Sir Andy Murray

Tennis champion Sir Andy Murray is one of Scotland’s best-known international sports stars. He tells us about his hometown, Dunblane, and where in Scotland features on his travel bucket list

Words: Fiona Laing

What place do you remember most vividly from your childhood?

Dunblane Tennis Club. It was just around the corner from my grandparents’ house, and it’s pretty much where I learnt to play the game with my brother. Our Mum [Judy] was also a coach there, so it was easy for us to join in with sessions after school and over the weekend.

Where do you remember fondly?

My grandparents’ house always holds special memories. Their house backs on to Dunblane Golf Club and was very close to the tennis club. We’d spend a lot of time there after school and it was always a regular venue for birthdays and Christmas – it still is!

Is there a particular place that holds warm memories for you?

Dunblane Cathedral. My wife Kim and I got married there back in 2015, it was an incredible day that neither of us will ever forget. Lots of the community came out to support us and we were able to be with some of our closest family friends in the town that enabled me to be the person and the player I am today.

Where do you like to spend time in Scotland?

Unfortunately due to the demand of the professional tennis tour and the fact it’s one of the more packed sporting schedules, it sadly means I rarely get to venture back to Scotland. However, whenever I do get the chance, I like to go up and visit my family in Dunblane. Both my parents still live in the area, and it’s always nice to be back. I love Bridge of Allan. There’s an amazing ice cream shop there called the Allan Water Café, which I try to visit whenever I’m back.

What do you miss about Scotland when you are away?

My family! Most of them still live there, so it’s hard not being able to get back as much as I would like.

This is an extract. Read the full feature in the November/December 2020 issue of Scotland, out on 23rd October.

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