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Andy Murray's grandparents 'upset' over hate mail

Shirley and Roy Erskine
Image caption Shirley and Roy Erskine said they had received "nasty letters" about their famous grandson

Andy Murray's grandparents say they have been left "upset" after receiving hate mail criticising the tennis star.

Roy and Shirley Erskine, from Dunblane, told the Radio Times magazine they had been sent "one or two nasty letters" about their grandson.

Their daughter Judy told them to throw away the letters, which attacked the 29-year-old's behaviour on court and also criticised his accent.

Mr Erskine, 82, said it was hard to deal with "very nasty" online comments.

He said: "The people who write these comments, that's their prerogative, but I find it upsetting."

Mrs Erskine, 84, told the magazine: "We've had one or two nasty letters.

"One about Andy supposedly snarling on court, and another about his accent, saying he sounded American.

"Just comments like that, but they do upset you. Judy would say, 'Put it in the bin, just forget it'.

"She would tell me that there are always going to be people like that."

Mrs Erskine said some of the letters provide light relief, with one man writing to tell them he thinks Murray needs to eat more baked beans.

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Image caption One of the letters accused the star of "snarling" on court

Bad language

Her husband said he is one of the harshest critics of Murray's performance on court and prefers to watch him on television than live as he struggles to contain his language.

He said: "If I'm at home I can kick the coffee table and use some language that I probably shouldn't."

The couple revealed that Murray, who won a record fifth title at Queen's on Sunday, managed to take a run virtually unnoticed on Boxing Day.

He ran from his mother's home in Bridge of Allan to nearby Dunblane, disguised in a beanie hat, and then visited the tennis courts where he watched a family game, before being recognised.

Mrs Erskine said: "Andy went on court and hit with them. That must have been a lovely moment for those kids."

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