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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Internet joy for Murray family
Andrew Murray is the junior US Open champion
The proud grandfather of Scottish tennis star Andrew Murray followed the teenager's US Open victory point-by-point on the internet.

Murray, from Dunblane, beat Ukrainian Sergei Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday's final at Flushing Meadows.

"I watched the game by looking at the score point-by-point on the internet," revealed Roy Erskine.

"I had a large whisky watching the updates on the screen. It was amusing but not a good thing to do."

17-year-old Murray dropped just one set en route to his success in New York.

"It is believable because he has been knocking at the door for a while now," said Erskine.

You are a great credit to Scotland and I wish you continued success
Jack McConnell
First Minister
"But we are thrilled to bits with the whole thing and we are so happy for his mum, who has worked so hard for this too.

"We went down to Dunblane New Golf Club after the game where people were anxious to see how Andrew had got on.

"So there were about 60 of us having champagne at the club. It was a lovely night."

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

'Role model'

Director of tennis with the governing body for the game in Scotland, Matthew Hulbert, said the teenager was a "role model" for young players across the country.

He said: "I think it is the start of something special for tennis in Scotland.

"It is absolutely fantastic. He is on the front pages of lots of papers and it is a major boost for Scottish tennis.

"The interest has been fantastic but it is brilliant for all the youngsters to have a real role model.

"Andrew is somebody from within their own patch and they can measure their own progress against."

'Tremendous achievement'

First Minister Jack McConnell, who watched Murray compete at Wimbledon last year, has written to the young star, congratulating him on his "tremendous achievement".

"Since my visit to Wimbledon last year, when your talents were the main topic of conversation, I have followed your progress with interest," Mr McConnell wrote.

"You are a great credit to Scotland and I wish you continued success."


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