Jul 8 2012 By Johnathon Menzies
PROVOST Mike Robbins has said the entire Stirling area is set to get behind Dunblane’s Andy Murray as tension builds ahead of today’s Wimbledon men’s singles final.
Proud locals are set to gather at community venues across the Cathedral City and beyond to watch the 25-year-old local hero take on Roger Federer on Centre Court this afternoon.
Former Dunblane Primary School pupil Murray, the number four seed at SW19 this year, is aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title and become the first Briton to triumph at Wimbledon since Fred Perry 76 years ago.
The Scot has a better head-to-head record against 30-year-old Federer but the Swiss third seed is hoping to claim his seventh Wimbledon title and has been billed as the favourite in many quarters ahead of the 2pm duel.
Speaking ahead of the highly-anticipated match, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane councillor Mr Robbins declared: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Andy, the first British man in 74 years to make it through to the singles final – we’re with him every step of the way.”
“Something tells me I wasn’t the only person in the Stirling area loudly cheering at my television at the end of that dramatic semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday, and, of course, nowhere will the excitement and expectation be greater than in Andy’s home town of Dunblane.
“Let’s hope today is a day of special celebration for Andy, Stirling and the whole of the UK.”