The enormity of Andy Murray’s spellbinding victory at Wimbledon cannot be overstated.
His victory in the men’s singles at SW19 must rank as the greatest sporting achievement by any Scot.
We’ve had Allan Wells in the Olympic 100m, Sir Chris Hoy’s six gold medals on the cycling track, Stephen Hendry’s seven world titles in snooker.
But Murray outranks them all.
Why? Because tennis is truly a global sport and one that requires superhuman levels of fitness, enormous skill and mental strength.
Finding all those factors together in one individual is extremely rare.
Then factor in that Murray is playing in arguably the greatest era in men’s tennis alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Then, add in the burden of a nation which has been waiting 77 years to see a men’s singles champion at our home grand slam event.
The 26-year-old’s victory is even sweeter because he has felt the pain of defeat so often.
He has lost five grand slam finals to his closet rivals.
But rather than wilt, he has regrouped and become stronger. He is arguably the fittest tennis player in history, has improved his forehand and become more attacking on the court.
The result has been Olympic gold, US Open success and now Wimbledon, the pinnacle of the sport.
Andy Murray is a sporting hero who should become a hero to our young sports stars.
He embodies hard work, defiance, talent, skill and a will to win that is second to none.
The story of how a young man from Dunblane, with such tragedy as part of his upbringing, should grow to become a global sports star, is one that should be told and told again.
Andy Murray, Wimbledon champion, hear the applause and take a bow.