Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Murray returns to Heathrow cheers

US Open winner Andy Murray arrives back at Terminal 5 at Heathrow
Andy Murray and girlfriend Kim Sears (right) arrive back at Terminal 5

US Open champion Andy Murray has arrived back on British soil to cheers following his historic win in New York.

The tennis ace flew into Heathrow's Terminal 5 with girlfriend Kim Sears and was greeted by British Airways staff and excited members of the public.

The Scot became the first British man in 76 years to win a major singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic over five sets in the US Open final.

Murray, dressed in jeans and a hooded top, was photographed by waiting media and posed for pictures with holidaymakers and airport staff as he collected his luggage.

The US win completed a successful few months for the 25-year-old, who followed a Wimbledon final with Olympic gold.

Following his US victory Murray hailed the effect Britain's magical sporting summer has had on the country.

He said on Tuesday: "Being around the Olympics and seeing how the nation came together, from the public to the athletes to the press, everyone was just right behind it. Sport has been this huge part of my life since I was a kid and it's been the best summer of sport in my lifetime and I'm sure in most people's. It's been so much fun and I'm just happy I was able to contribute towards it."

It is not yet known whether Murray will take part in a parade for Scotland's Olympic athletes in Glasgow on Friday.

A source close to Murray said he would be taking a few days out following his arrival in London. He will take some time to rest and "get his head right" before deciding what to do next, the source said.

Murray will next compete at the Japan Open on October 1, according to the schedule on his official website. He will be defending the title after beating Spaniard Rafael Nadal in Tokyo last year, where he also took a victory in the doubles tournament alongside older brother Jamie.

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