Welcome home, champ! Murray arrives in Dunblane celebrate US Open title and Olympic gold medal
16:51 GMT, 16 September 2012
'Overwhelmed' Andy Murray admitted he is still coming to terms with winning his first grand slam title, as he returned to Dunblane on Sunday.
The newly crowned US Open champion began his career at the town's tennis club and returned on Sunday afternoon to celebrate his success this summer.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Murray beat Novak Djokovic in a time of four hours and 54 minutes to be crowned US Open champion and end Britain's 76-year wait for a men's Grand Slam singles title.
Homecoming: Murray is welcomed back home by adoring crowds in Dunblane
The win in the Arthur Ashe Stadium at
Flushing Meadows emulated Fred Perry's 1936 achievement and capped a
special year for the 25-year-old Scot, who won gold at the Olympic Games
after he beat Roger Federer in the final – a rematch of this year's
Wimbledon final where the Swiss triumphed.
Murray also won Olympic silver in the mixed doubles competition with Laura Robson.
'It's overwhelming and I've never had anything like that before,' Murray
told Sky Sports News, after around 15,000 people came to celebrate his
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'I think it [the US Open win] will sink in over the next couple of days.
It's been a bit of a whirlwind since the match with all the stuff the
day after and travelling back, then all the stuff today with so many
'It's been a bit overwhelming and I think it will take a few days.
'I dreamt three days after Wimbledon that I had won Wimbledon and I woke up and was absolutely gutted that I hadn't.
Golden moment: Murray poses next to the gold-painted postbox in Dunblane
'The other day I woke up after sleeping on the sofa and I was questioning whether it [the US Open win] actually happened.
'It was when I woke up and realised I had actually won the US Open that it all started to sink in.'
Murray's walkabout in the town overran by an hour after he decided
against travelling on the bus with his family and friends and instead
spent time signing autographs and meeting his fans.
Champion: Andy Murray celebrates his US Open win in New York on Monday
Murray's mother Judy, who travelled on the bus decorated by children
from Dunblane Primary school, said: 'I'm absolutely amazed. I thought it
was going to be mobbed but I didn't realise it was going to be as
mobbed as this.
'It's wonderful for Andy to come back and share the success of the summer with people of the town.
'Coming back to your roots and the town you grew up, he always gets such
amazing support whenever he plays but particularly when he's in a
final. It's amazing.'