Andy Murray breaks down crying, this time as he’s awarded the Freedom of Stirling and handed an honorary degree
"Why is Andy Murray crying on TV again?" came the cry from the office.
But no-one replied, such common-place has the sight of the Wimbledon champion’s tear-stained cheeks become.
Had he been cruelly taunted? Was he the victim of scandal or simply still mourning the sad loss of his sense of humour after this April Fool’s Day prank passed by horribly unnoticed.
No. The source of the usually dour Scotsman’s emotional outpouring this time was being only the third person ever to be awarded the Freedom of Stirling.
He was also handed an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling, where he once trained.
"Everyone knows how proud I am of where I come from, so this is a huge honour," he managed to force out at the special meeting at Dunblane High School.
"Moving away was one of the sacrifices I had to make for my job and every time I come back it's quite emotional.
Tears for Murray... Again. "It's been a very emotional today - I wasn't in tears when I won Wimbledon."
His tears were witnessed by school pupils and 200 local residents who had taken part in a ballot to win tickets for the event.
On becoming an honorary Doctor of the University of Stirling, he said: 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."
The day also saw Murray pay a quick visit to his newly opened Cromlix Hotel and pick up a casual third award from Tennis Scotland.
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