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Andy Murray overcome by emotion as he receives award in Scottish hometown

  • Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins, right, comforts British tennis player Andy Murray after he made an emotional speech following his acceptance of the Freedom of Stirling presented to him during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins, right, comforts British tennis player Andy Murray after he made an emotional speech following his acceptance of the Freedom of Stirling presented to him during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • British tennis player Andy Murray, left, receives the Freedom of Stirling presented to him by Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

    British tennis player Andy Murray, left, receives the Freedom of Stirling presented to him by Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane, Scotland, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Murray said he feels honored to receive the freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

His victory speech at Wimbledon was easy compared to this.

Andy Murray broke into tears Wednesday as he accepted a civic honor in his Scottish hometown of Dunblane.

Murray, who was granted "the freedom of Stirling" from the local council, stopped to compose himself and wipe his eyes several times during the ceremony at Dunblane High School.

His voice cracking, he said, "I think everyone knows I'm extremely proud of where I come from."

Murray said "moving away was one of the sacrifices I had to make for my job and every time I come back it's quite emotional."

He told the crowd: "I apologize for this behavior."

Murray's parents, grandparents and girlfriend Kim Sears were among those in attendance.

He also received an honorary degree from the University of Stirling.