9/17/12 3:30 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray was feted in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane in a victory celebration usually reserved for British football heroes.
But the US Open champion, the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles titles in 76 years, took it all in his stride - including a victory parade in an open-top bus and a visit to a golden postbox erected in his honor during a local walkabout.
Murray capped a career-defining summer by winning Olympic gold over Roger Federer three weeks after losing to the Swiss in the Wimbledon final. He then claimed the Open in five sets against Novak Djokovic.
The home celebration was a long time coming. But Murray made best use of the day, waving to crowds, signing autographs and even cracking an occasional uncharacteristic smile. Despite wet weather, celebrations were undiminished.
"It was great. I've really, really enjoyed it," Murray told the BBC. "I had all my family here and a lot of friends from school and teachers who taught me - all sorts - my old tennis coaches. It was a great day. I'm really happy to have been part of it.
"These are the courts where I started playing and to come back now and see so many kids on them is unbelievable. They used to be very quiet when I was playing here so to see so many kids back on the court and enjoying it is great and I hope that stays the same."
Murray also had a brief hit with local children at the Dunblane Tennis Club, where he got his own start in the 1990s. "Throughout my whole career the support I've had from back here at all times--in tough losses and hard moments and tough moments in my career--has always stayed the same and everyone kept believing in me, so that was important."
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