Judy Murray to receive honour from Stirling University

13/11/13 GLASGOW Judy Murray attends the launch of Scottish Women in Sport at the Emirates Arena

Judy Murray will be honoured by Stirling University in recognition of her contributions to tennis and charitable causes.

Ms Murray will receive the award of Doctor of the University at the Stirling Winter Graduation on Friday.

She will step on to the stage in the afternoon ceremony at the Gannochy National Tennis Centre which will be converted into a graduation venue for the day.

Originally from Bridge of Allan, Ms Murray won 64 junior and senior Scottish tennis titles.

She now has more than 20 years’ tennis coaching experience and is the current captain of the Great Britain Fed Cup team.

She helped her sons Jamie and Andy become professional players and watched on this summer as Andy became the first British winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon since Sir Fred Perry.

Ms Murray also plans to create a new tennis centre in the town of her birth, complementing outreach programmes to give children from rural and deprived areas the opportunity to play the sport she passionately promotes.

Professor Gerry McCormac, principal and vice-chancellor of Stirling University, said: “Judy Murray provides an outstanding example of what can be achieved with focus and determination.

“Whether in her role as a mother, a coach, or a charity fundraiser, her positive mindset is inspirational.

“I am delighted that she will receive this honour at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and on the courts where her outstanding sons once practised alongside our students.”