Aug 8 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
NO-ONE was more proud of Andy Murray’s gold medal success than his family.
And the Dunblane ace's grandfather, Roy Erskine, has thanked fans for their support.
He told the Observer: "We motored down to London on Saturday morning and just came back last night (Monday), but we were also at the Olympics earlier in the week.
"It was a fantastic game. We were over the moon. For him to win an Olympic gold and silver medal is something special. He had a great week and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
"You just felt 25 minutes into the game against Federer that he wasn’t going to lose. What made it even more impressive was that other than Rafael Nadal, the full complement of top players were competing at the Olympics."
Roy and his wife Shirley managed to meet up with the Olympic gold medallist afterwards.
"We saw him about an hour and a half after the game finished because of all his media commitments and he spent about 15 minutes with the family before he had to go off again. It was just great.
"You wouldn’t believe it but the first thing he said to me was ‘thank you for coming’!"
The postbox on Dunblane High Street has been painted gold in recognition of Andy's success. The gesture has been replicated by Royal Mail at various points throughout the UK each time a member of Team GB claims gold at Lodon 2012.
Mr Erskine continued: "When we got back to Dunblane on Monday evening we couldn’t believe the cars and people there to see the postbox and take pictures, even in the pouring rain.
"The support Andy gets here is unbelievable. Everyone wants to be part of it which is fantastic.
"To think a youngster from Dunblane could go on to be an Olympic champion is wonderful and hopefully inspiring for young people in Dunblane and across the country."
Like many other tennis fans, he believes his grandson’s sporting dreams could well take off even further following his Olympic success.
"It’s like any other sport," he said. "When you have a big win it has to be a big big incentive to carry on that success.
"One of the things I will take away from the Olympics experience is how thrilled Andy was to win. The fact he had won and that millions of people were watching on television was just amazing."
ORGANISERS of a weekend tennis tournament in Dunblane are hoping Andy Murray’s historic Olympic gold medal will have a silver lining.
Dunblane Sports Club will play host to the second annual Judy Murray Cup on Sunday (August 12), exactly one week on from when cathedral city hero Andy defeated Roger Federer to finish top of the rostrum in the men’s singles contest at London 2012. The 25-year-old also claimed a silver medal for Team GB in the mixed doubles tournament alongside teenage talent Laura Robson.
And, with ‘Murraymania’ said to be at its height, as many as 60 youngsters will take to local courts as part of contest designed to nurture the next generation of sporting talent.
The event is run by Dunblane Sports Club and Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary for children who have not taken part in competitions before. Kids will play for either the mini cup for 5-7-year-olds or the junior cup, for those aged 8-10.
The two winners will receive cups and a portrait by Rotarian Derek Collins. The child who raises the most sponsorship money will receive a tennis lesson from Judy Murray. Local Rotary club member Graham Russell said yesterday (Tuesday) that Fed Cup captain Judy was due to fly back to Scotland on Sunday and was expected to attend the latter stages of the tournament, which runs from 10am until 4pm.
Sponsorship money will be donated to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Dunblane Sports Club.