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Andy Murray hopes he has made home-town proud

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Murray returned to Dunblane after his Olympic win. (©GettyImages)
Murray returned to Dunblane after his Olympic win. (©GettyImages).

Britain's number-one tennis player Andy Murray has opened up about the horrific shooting that he witnessed back in 1996 and admits that he hopes he's done his home-town proud.

Murray will be preparing for Wimbledon, which starts today (Monday), and he will be looking to bounce back after his final heart-break last year, which saw him lose in the final to Roger Federer.

On Sunday night, BBC One aired a documentary about Andy Murray called 'Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racket' and for the first time on TV he opened up about his horrific story which took place in 1996.

17-years ago when Andy Murray was a school-child, he attended Dunblane Primary School and during a normal school day, everyone's life in the town changed for the worse.

On March 13 1996, a man called Thomas Hamilton made his way into the primary school and open-fired killing16 pupils and one teacher.

Presenter Sue Barker asked the 26-year-old about the incident, and he admitted that it was so tough to get over and he just hopes his tennis success has taken some of the pain away from the shooting.

"You have no idea how tough something like that is," he told Sue Barker.

"It is just nice being able to do something the town is proud of," said the reigning Olympic and US Open champion, whose elder brother Jamie was also a pupil at Dunblane Primary School.

Not only did Andy talk about the incident, his mother, Judy also revealed her experience from the shooting.

"Andy's class were on their way to the gym, his class were the next ones in the gym," she said. 

"His class was stopped when somebody went up, when they heard the noise and discovered what had happened."

"I was one of hundreds of mums that were queuing up at the school gates waiting to find out what had happened, not knowing if your children were alive or not."

"I actually don't go near that part of the building," she said. 

"When I go up to school now, if I'm doing something, I'll do it in the playground or I do it in the new gym."


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