Wolves passed on a framed shirt for Wimbledon champion to Andy Murray at his tennis club in Dunblane during last week’s training camp in Scotland – which has now been received on his behalf by his mum Judy.
Wolves’ management and players stayed in the Dunblane Hydro Hotel, within easy walking distance from the Dunblane Sports Club where Murray started his career and which was packed out just 24 hours before Wolves’ arrival as he claimed his first Wimbledon title.
Murray once wore a Wolves shirt to train in thanks to former British tennis star and Davis Cup captain John Lloyd – a big Wolves fan –who asked the club’s Vice-President Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint to arrange the shirt’s delivery to the Scot whose team of choice is Hibernian.
Lloyd also took Murray and the rest of the Davis Cup team at the time to Wolves’ win at Charlton in the Championship-winning season of 2008/09.
So it was that with the team stopping so close to the place Murray started playing tennis at the age of three, a delegation including Head Coach Kenny Jackett, Scottish striker and also boyhood Hibs fan Leigh Griffiths, and tennis fans Kevin Foley and Anthony Forde popped along to the Dunblane club last Friday night.
A new Wolves shirt, expertly put together by Creative Framing including photos of Murray when he wore gold and black as well as a congratulatory message, was presented to coach Fiona Bennie.
That has now been picked up by Murray’s Mum Judy – herself a top coach and current captain of Britain’s Ladies Federation team – who has been back to Dunblane and organised the ‘Judy Murray Cup’ competition at the club on Sunday.
A few members of Wolves’ backroom staff also took the opportunity to try their luck on the courts which launched Murray on the road to tennis stardom – although the less said about that the better!
Griffiths was delighted to be involved having kept a close eye on the progress of his countryman through the Wimbledon tournament.
“It was great to see Andy do so well at Wimbledon and became the first British player – and a Scottish player of course! - to win since Fred Perry,” said Griffiths.
“I was watching the final back home and it was a great performance for him to come through and win the title.”