Tayside and Central Scotland

Andy Murray's hopes Olympic gold will inspire young stars

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Media captionResidents of Andy Murray's home town of Dunblane tell of their pride at his Olympic gold medal win

Andy Murray has told BBC Scotland he hopes his Olympic gold medal win can help inspire more youngsters to start playing tennis.

The 25-year-old beat Roger Federer on Sunday to become the first British man to win its singles title since 1908.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland he said he had had the "best week of my tennis career by far".

Royal Mail has marked his new status as Olympic champion by painting a post box gold in his home town of Dunblane.

Image caption Royal Mail painted a post box on Dunblane's High Street gold in honour of Murray

A special stamp featuring the tennis star has also been produced.

Murray beat the Swiss world number one in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-4, on a raucous Centre Court.

His triumph came four weeks to the day since he lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final.

He went on to take silver in the mixed doubles with Laura Robson.

Murray described his victory over Federer as "number one for me - the biggest win of my life".

He told BBC Scotland: "I just kept the momentum with me the whole match. That was the difference between the Wimbledon final and yesterday.

"I just managed to take my chances and I felt a lot more calm in those important moments."

Asked whether his victory could inspire a new generation of Olympian tennis players, he said: "I hope so, you never know. The support through the whole event was unbelievable.

"There was a real feeling of togetherness, which I hadn't experienced before, and I hope more kids start playing tennis and we can get more tennis courts around the country and make it easier for kids to play."

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Media captionAndy Murray won the Olympics men's singles tennis beating Roger Federer in straight sets at Wimbledon

Murray said he was always proud to represent Great Britain but still "remembered his roots".

He added: "I love Scotland. All of my family are there and I love going back and seeing everybody.

"I just enjoy competing for my country and hope I did a good job of that yesterday."

His mother Judy described his win as "just incredible" and said she could not wait to see the gold post box honouring her son in the family's home town.

"I really cannot wait to see the post box," she told BBC Radio Scotland.

"That's just going to be too good.

"We really love the support we get from the town. Everyone goes absolutely nuts and its just wonderful to see."

Image caption Andy Murray also has a stamp in his honour

Ian Conway of Tennis Scotland said Andy Murray's success meant Dunblane was "known throughout the world".

He said: "We've got to engage with the younger generation now. What is coming out is that they want to play more community tennis, school tennis, tennis in parks.

"We must ensure that we offer them this facility.

"We have also got a hugely successful talent ID programme where we can produce many more Andy Murrays. They are out there, we want them in our tennis family."

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