British No. 1 Andy Murray returned to his hometown in Dunblane, where he was awarded the freedom of Stirling and presented with an honorary degree by the University of Stirling.
Murray, 26, returned home to Scotland on Wednesday to receive the award in his old high school.
“I’m honoured and excited to receive the freedom of Stirling,” said Murray. “I’m also really looking forward to visiting my hometown and my old school. It will be great to share this special day with everyone, especially the local school children.”
The award was in honour of his recent achievements, which include winning the 2012 US Open, the Gold Medal at the London Olympic Games and becoming the first British man to win the Wimbledon Championships in 77 years.
“I am honoured and very grateful to receive this award from the University of Stirling – an institution which is recognized 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 toward their goals.”
Murray is scheduled to compete at the Mutua Madrid Open, which takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain.