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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 September, 2004, 23:18 GMT 00:18 UK
Dunblane teenager takes US Open
Andrew Murray
Murray has been selected for Great Britain's Davis Cup team
A Scottish teenager who survived the Dunblane school massacre has won the US Open tennis junior title.

Andrew Murray, 17, became the first British winner of the prestigious competition when he beat Ukrainian Sergei Stakhovsky 6-4 6-2 on Sunday.

The title has also been held by Pat Cash, Stefan Edberg and Andy Roddick.

Murray was eight years old when gunman Thomas Hamilton walked into his school and shot dead 16 children and a teacher in 1996.

Murray said he was "a little bit surprised to win, but not too much".

"I hate losing, and I don't play any tournaments to come second-best.

"When I come into a tournament, I want to win every single match," he said.

His tennis has been praised by Britain's number one Tim Henman, who himself crashed out of the US Open in a semi-finals match against world number one Roger Federer.

Not only his game, but between the ears, he knows what he's doing
Tim Henman

"He's playing some big matches here in the junior events but I think he knows where the bread and butter of his career is going to be and he's already taking some big strides and that's very important," Henman said of Murray.

"We've had plenty of examples of kids that have done well in the juniors but haven't made that transition.

"Not only his game, but between the ears, he knows what he's doing.

"He works hard and I think that's a good combination."

Third-seeded Murray has been selected for Great Britain's Davis Cup match against Austria later this month, when he will team up with Henman, Greg Rusedski and Alex Bogdanovic.

Dunblane memories

Last year he reached the boys' quarter-finals of the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2003.

Murray survived Hamilton's gun rampage at the Scottish school by taking refuge in the headmaster's office.

Hamilton turned the gun on himself after the massacre of the primary school class.

Murray said he did not remember much about the shooting.

"I knew the guy who did the shooting, we all went to his boys' clubs and everybody knew him.

"But I was young at the time and didn't really realise how it was a really difficult time for the town, but I think everyone has recovered really well from it and the town has moved on."




SEE ALSO:
Murray wins US junior crown
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16 Aug 04  |  Tennis


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