Andy awarded honorary degree by University of Stirling
Andy has said he feels “very grateful” to have received an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy.
The reigning Wimbledon and Olympic tennis champion was presented with a doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to tennis.
Murray, 26, said: “I am honoured and very grateful to receive this award from the University of Stirling – an institution which is recognised internationally for its sports research and facilities. 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 towards their goals.”
Professor Gerry McCormac, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, presented Murray with the award of Doctor of the University.
He said: “We are delighted to welcome back Andy Murray to the university campus. One of the greatest athletes of his generation, Andy has broken the boundaries of British tennis and elevated the profile of the sport to new levels. His exceptional sporting abilities, diligence and tenacity make him an inspirational role model to our students and to people across the world. We are proud to provide pathways – through our facilities, sports scholarships, research and coaching – to help high-performance athletes reach their full potential and achieve at the highest level. The success of so many current and former students is proof of the winning combination of sport and study.”