Judy Murray’s text sums up triumph: ‘Yippee!’
THE single word “Yippee” in a text message from Judy Murray to her parents in Dunblane summed up the joy the entire family experienced following Andy Murray’s grand slam victory in New York.
Roy and Shirley Erskine, who toasted their grandson’s success with a dram and a glass of champagne in the early hours yesterday, said they had been waiting a long time for such a moment.
Mr Erskine, 81, said he had been on the edge of his seat as he watched the match.
“If you had had a blood pressure machine, it would have been quite an interesting reading,” he said.
“I was giving him advice all the time, talking to the television screen, saying things like: ‘you shouldn’t be playing like that’.
“When he won we stood up and gave each other a big hug, and then I said something stupid like ‘there was no problem there’.”
Mr Erskine added: “Judith sent a text to say ‘Yippee’ soon after the match.”
Mrs Erskine said: “The worst bit was the lead-up to it. I was uptight during the day and cleaned the car out, well not completely, kept busy, went to a meeting and then at ten o’clock, at the end of the first set, I took our dog, Penny, out for a walk.
“When I came back it was four love to Andy. Then he lost the next game and the next game – so I said to my husband: ‘I’m going to take the dog out again.’ It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster – a bit nerve-racking.
“But we thought he would find a way. We thought he was struggling at the fourth game, then regrouped. Then it was all over all of a sudden, and I said: ‘He’s done it. He’s really done it’.”
Meanwhile, about 80 fans packed the Dunblane Hotel to watch the five-hour match.
When Murray clinched the title, they erupted in cheers, and with chants of “There’s only one Andy Murray”.
Gavin Noland, 63, said: “Andy is Dunblane’s hero, not just Dunblane, the whole of Scotland and the rest of Britain. I think he’s coming into his game, just since winning the Olympics he’s taken off like a meteorite.”
Dave Whitton, 62, said: “I’m just so happy for Andy – no tears this time, just complete joy and happiness, which is not only just for him, but for the people of Dunblane and the whole of Scotland.”
Dunblane was a town bursting with pride yesterday.
Shopkeepers were putting “Well Done Andy” posters in their windows, while orderly queues of journalists formed to ask their thoughts on the match and satellite vans vied for position in the narrow streets.
Among those in town were Dunblane’s oldest and youngest fans – Mary Paterson, 79, and six-week-old Lewis Sneddon.
Mrs Paterson, admiring a “Well Done Andy” poster in the window of Erskine’s the Opticians, run by Murray’s uncle, said: “I was too tired to stay up and watch the tennis, but I heard all about it when I switched on the radio this morning.”
Mrs Paterson, who gave up tennis last year after a hip operation, added: “It’s wonderful. I remember Andy when he was just four years old, playing
tennis when he was net-high and he was so determined to win.”
Allan Sneddon, 33, an electrician out shopping with Lewis, described Murray’s playing as “out of this world”.
“I watched it until Lewis needed his bed. I was feeding him at 1:30am and then had to get some sleep. I could see that Andy was playing in quite difficult conditions and it was just superb to see him win like this. I hope Lewis might take after him.”
Bennett’s the butchers was doing a roaring trade in Andy’s Big Apple Grand Slam Sausages and Andy’s Grand Slam Saltire Burgers.
Stewart McClymont, 25, butcher’s assistant, who attended school with Murray, was exhausted after being up all night watching the tennis, but said it was worth every second.
“One of the best things about it was that it was not just done in three sets,” he said. “It made it all the more exciting that he was up against a really tough opponent.
“We always do something here at the shop to celebrate – for Wimbledon we did strawberry and sweet chilli sausages.
For the grand slam we created a special burger with two strips of bacon in a cross to form a Saltire and a sausage with apple because the match took place in New York.”
At Dunblane High School, pupils had also spent the morning being interviewed.
Caitlin Watson, 16, whose mother is married to Murray’s father, said the win was a real inspiration to youngsters living in Dunblane.
“It shows that you might live in a small town, but you can achieve anything you want if you try,” she said.
David Nairn, 12, who trains at Dunblane Sports Club, Murray’s old club, said: “I had a good feeling he was going to win after him getting to the final at
Wimbledon and then having the Olympic gold behind him.”
Stirling Council said it was looking to give the star a homecoming fit for a hero. Officials are keen to offer him the freedom of the city.
Provost Mike Robbins said: “The whole community will want to congratulate Andy on his first gland slam title and on the glorious, warrior-like way he won it. He’s proved himself as an outstanding athlete and a man of true grit, and we’d love to offer him the Freedom of the City of Stirling as a lasting mark of our thanks, our support and our respect.”
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