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Judy Murray receives honorary degree from Stirling

Judy Murray receives an honorary degree from the University of Stirling. Picture: SNS

Judy Murray receives an honorary degree from the University of Stirling. Picture: SNS

THE mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Stirling today - and revealed that her son will receive the freedom of the city next year.

Murray was granted the honour by Stirling officials following his US Grand Slam and Olympic wins last year but has yet to officially collect the honour.

Judy Murray said plans are in place for April, after the tennis star has completed his rehabilitation period for a back injury.

Murray trained as a youngster at the Gannochy National Tennis Centre in Stirling, near his hometown of Dunblane.

Picking up an honorary degree today from Stirling University, where the centre is based, Ms Murray said: “He was given the Freedom of the City and, yes, he has to collect that.

“Unfortunately he was laid up for a few months with back surgery then rehab on the injury, which meant he couldn’t travel and had to stay close to physios and doctors, and then his rehab ran into the off season.

“So it’s all scheduled for April time now, which will be great.”

Ms Murray was based at the centre as Scottish national tennis coach between 1995 and 2004 and taught both Andy and his brother Jamie there as juniors.

A successful player herself, she won 64 junior and senior Scottish tennis titles. Now Ms Murray works with Britain’s leading women and girl players and is captain of Britain’s Fed Cup team, an international women’s tennis event.

She is also leading a drive to increase the number of female tennis coaches.

Now a doctor of the University of Stirling, the institution said it wanted to recognise her “outstanding” contribution to tennis, sport and charitable causes.

Ms Murray said: “It’s a very special day for me. I’ve been coaching for over 20 years now, I love the sport, I love teaching, and I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a job that involves me in something that I really enjoy and that I really care about.

“Stirling was my second home when I was the Scottish national coach and I was working with a lot of the top Scottish junior players.

“This was our training centre. It was the first of its kind in Scotland and it happened to be in our back yard.

“We owe the University a great deal because without this facility and the tennis scholars acting as sparring partners for the Scottish kids, I don’t think Jamie, Andy, Colin Fleming would have become the players they became.”

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