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Andy Murray receives freedom of Stirling award

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Andy Murray broke down into tears as he was awarded the freedom of Stirling award on Wednesday.

It was an emotional moment for the British number one, who was presented with the award at a special meeting of Stirling Council at Dunblane High School.

The reigning Wimbledon champion was born and raised in Dunblane, just three miles north of Stirling, and he became only the third freeman of Stirling.

He then gave a speech on receiving the award, where he said he was “honoured” and “excited” to receive the award, and it was difficult for the world number eight to hide his emotion when speaking to the audience, saying that it was an even more emotional experience than winning Wimbledon in 2013.

He said: "Everyone knows how proud I am of where I come from, so this is a huge honour.

"Moving away was one of the sacrifices I had to make for my job and every time I come back it's quite emotional.

"It's been a very emotional today - I wasn't in tears when I won Wimbledon."

The 26-year-old then held a question and answer session for students of the school and an online audience at Wallace High School in Stirling.

A crowd of around 200 local residents were also in attendance for the presentation, who had entered a ballot to be awarded with tickets for the event.

Murray also became a Doctor of the University of Stirling, where he once trained, among other awards, and he paid tribute to the University.

"I trained on the courts at the Scottish national tennis centre at the University of Stirling when I was growing up and I remember playing against the students, which was great fun.

"I know there are many talented junior players practising there every day and I'd encourage them to keep working hard toward their goals."

He then made his way to the Cromlix hotel, which he owns himself and has redeveloped, and he was presented with an award from Tennis Scotland.

Murray has struggled to keep it together when making speeches previously, as he famously shed tears when speaking after losing to Roger Federer at the Wimbledon final in 2012, and also when losing to Federer at the Australian Open final in 2010, and it has been said his relationship with British fans improved from that moment.

He did come back to win Wimbledon the following year however, becoming the first British male to win the tournament since Fred Perry in 1936.

That had followed multiple successes in 2012, which had seen Murray become Olympic and US Open Champion following that defeat to Federer at SW19.

This year has proved to be more difficult, as he is yet to reach the final of any tournament as he continues to aim to get back to full fitness, following back surgery that cut short his season in 2013, forcing him to miss the ATP World Tour Finals.

His trip to Scotland has come during a break from the professional tour, as he is not scheduled to play again until the Madrid Masters tournament, which begins on May 5th.

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