Andy Murray of Dunblane wins US Open

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  • Andy Murray
    Andy Murray

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has won his first Grand Slam at the US Open, ending the 76 year wait for a male British champion.

Defeating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five set match at Flushing Meadows, New York, on 10 September, Andy is now also the first man to win an Olympic gold medal and the US Open in the same year.

Scotland has been cheering on Murray for 10 years but never more so than right now.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: "I'm sure everyone will join me in congratulating Andy Murray on winning the US Open. Having a grand-slam champion from Scotland couldn’t be more apt as we have world-class activities to enjoy here and Andy acts as a fantastic ambassador for our country to millions the world over.”

It's no surprise that the young tennis star has produced such a long list of achievements when you take a closer look at the region where he grew up. The area around his hometown is renowned for outdoor activities and sport, providing Andy with the chance to get active every day of the week. Why not head to the beautiful region of the Forth Valley and take advantage of the activities on offer?

Try bagging your first or next Munro. Ben Lomond at the southern tip of the Highlands, which can be seen for miles around, offers magnificent views over both Highland and Lowland scenery.

Loch Lomond is a beautiful area which offers a variety of activities on the water. Spend a day enjoying a cruise, head out on a guided canoe trip to learn more of this scenic spot, or try a gentle trip in a pedal boat.

The Forth Valley has a host of options for budding golfers with Stirling’s fairways bestowing breathtaking views of Stirling Castle perched on a rugged slab of ancient volcanic rock, while Scotland's National Cycle Network runs through the region from Balloch to Killin, so you can enjoy an afternoon of cycling on mainly off-road terrain.

Or why not see where it all began for Andy and his brother Jamie? Head to Dunblane Sports Club where you can try out your own tennis skills and aim for match point on the all-weather artificial grass courts.

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