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Andy Murray opens up on horrific Dunblane massacre: 'Tennis is an escape for me'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 28 Nov 2019
  • Murray sheds light on Dunblane massacre
  • Scot reveals how he used and continues to use tennis as an escape from the tragedy
Andy Murray (PA Images)

Andy Murray has opened up about the emotional trauma he suffered in 1996 from the shocking Dunblane Primary School massacre that left 17 people dead.

Murray has understandably spoke minimally about the horrific moment from his childhood, but in a soon-to-be-released documentary - Andy Murray: Resurfacing - the former World No. 1 has shed light on how has used tennis throughout his entire life as an escape mechanism.

Thomas Hamilton carried out the deadliest massacre in British history in 1996 at Dunblane Primary School, shooting 16 children and their teacher dead.

Murray spoke about how he and his family knew Hamilton personally in the documentary that will be broadcast on Amazon Prime on Friday November 29.

“You asked me a while ago why tennis was important to me. Obviously I had the thing that happened at Dunblane when I was around nine,” Murray said via voicemail in an interview with director Olivia Cappuccini.
“I am sure for all the kids there it would be difficult for different reasons. The fact we knew the guy, we went to his kids club, he had been in our car, we had driven and dropped him off at train stations and things.
“My feeling towards tennis is that it’s an escape for me in some ways. Because all of these things are stuff that I have bottled up. They are not things that are discussed.”



Murray elaborated on how a lot of his behaviour on the tennis court is a reflection of the emotions he keeps stored inside from that nightmarish incident when he was nine years old.

“The way that I am, on the tennis court, I show some positive things about my personality and I also show the bad things and things I really hate. Tennis allows me to be that child, that has all of these questions, and that’s why tennis is important to me.”

Murray’s entire journey back from hip surgery is relayed during the documentary.

Many of Murray’s biggest rivals - including Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic - give their views on the Scot’s extraordinary comeback.

“Andy is the type of guy, how I sense him, that he goes into hard work will pay off and he played the most amazing tennis,” Federer said.
“This is the reaction of a champion. If you’re tough, work hard, surround yourself with the right people, believe you can turn around matches and play through pain, play through injuries and all of that Andy has shown he can do that.”

Andy Murray: Resurfacing will be released on Amazon Prime on Friday November 29.


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