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Judy Murray on the day Sir Sean Connery became Andy’s biggest fan

© Darron Cummings/AP/ShutterstockSir Sean watches Andy play in the 2012 US Open
Sir Sean watches Andy play in the 2012 US Open

Judy Murray last night recalled how, despite being one of the most recognisable actors in the world, Sir Sean was a huge tennis fan.

As she yesterday paid tribute to the man she called a true Scottish superstar, Judy recalled how, in 2012, Sir Sean and Sir Alex Ferguson both gatecrashed a US Open post-match press conference in order to congratulate her son Andy.

The British No 1 had just beaten Tomas Berdych in the semi-final on the way to winning that year’s tournament in New York, but a storm meant further matches that day were cancelled.

She said: “I got a text from Alex Ferguson, who had been watching from a sponsor suite. He wanted to know if he could come down to see Andy with me. We walked down to the media centre and who do we bump into en route? None other than Sean Connery.

“We all got chatting, and I asked if he wanted to join us – ‘Oh yesh’, he did.”

They initially waited outside the interview room, but then Sir Alex decided to just walk in. “Alex and Sean ignore all the journalists and walk straight towards Andy who is behind the podium at the front of the room. Alex then turns round to the press pack and says: ‘Oh sorry boys, we just wanted to see Andy. It’s a Scottish thing.’

“It was the most incredible moment. Here were these two Scottish heroes wanting to congratulate Andy on getting to the final.”