Andy Murray has his sights set on finishing the year on a high at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
After bringing his triumphant homecoming tour of Dunblane to an end on Sunday, the 25-year-old illustrated that his desire for success has not been dulled by stating he’s hoping to taste more glory at the O2 in November.
The world number three said: “The ATP Finals is an unbelievable event where you play against the best players in the world so I’d love to do well there. There’s always a great atmosphere and it’s a great venue.”
After signing countless autographs, 25-year-old Murray took to the courts at Dunblane Sports Club – to the delight of scores of local children – as part of a promotional event for the Set4Sport project championed by his mum, Judy.
Eagle-eyed spectators may also have spotted former Scotland and current St Johnstone footballer Callum Davidson, who hails from Dunblane, courtside.
Reflecting on returning to his roots, Murray said: “It was strange going back to the courts where I first played with my brother Jamie. There were so many kids and cameras there, it was strange – when we used to play there the courts were empty, it was raining most of the time and the conditions were rubbish.
“That made it nice to come back and see the place so busy. I hope it stays that way.”
The US Open champ went on to illustrate the desire that saw him clinch the US Open, as well as his prized Olympic gold and silver medals, by revealing he was heading straight back to the practice courts.
He said: “I start practising again tomorrow (Monday) and will focus on the tournaments ahead and on where I need to improve.
“I was 4-0 up in the second set [against Novak Djokovic in the US Open final] and it got back to 5-5 – it’s the little things like that I need to improve on, about making sure I don’t let my opponents back into sets.”
David Lavallee, head of the school of sport at the University of Stirling – where Murray also used to practice in his youth – said yesterday (Tuesday): “Andy Murray’s recent achievements were stunning and the recent celebrations show how proud the Stirling area, and Scotland as a whole, is of their sporting hero.
“The University is also immensely proud to have played a part in Andy’s development, when he would practise with our older tennis scholarship players at the campus’s national tennis centre.
“Having a local hero will only serve to inspire them further and we look forward to continuing to contribute to the future development of tennis in Scotland.”
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