Andy Murray Live entertains sold-out Glasgow crowd
Tim Henman, Jamie Murray, Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov (Photo by Mark Runnacles)

The Murray's impact in Scotland was never more clear than at the first annual Andy Murray Live exhibition in the sold out SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow.  Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Tim Henman entertained the crowd all while raising money for two great charities in UNICEF and local charity Young People's Futures, with all profits being split between the two. 

The show opened with Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and Judy Murray coaching young tennis players, giving the future of Scottish tennis the opportunity to play in front of a big crowd and show off their talent. 

Andy Murray is walks out to a standing ovation (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Andy Murray is walks out to a standing ovation (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Murray v Dimitrov 

The first match of the night was a singles match between Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov. "This is how all of our matches start, always the first game" Dimitrov called out to Murray as he scraped through a tight opening game. The Bulgarian eventually took the fun filled first set 6-4.  

To the delight of the Glasgow crowd, Murray opened the second set with a break of serve and eventually leveled the match up at one set all to take them to a champions tiebreak, which went the way of Murray with some typical exhibition style play and plenty of laughs from both the players and the crowd.  

Doubles fun 

After a short break, Murray and Dimitrov then returned to the court alongside Jamie Murray and Tim Henman to play the doubles, where all of the players were wearing microphones. Dimitrov embraced Scottish culture as he played the first few games in a kilt.

Dimitrov plays in a kilt (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Dimitrov plays in a kilt (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

At one point Andy Murray called out Dimitrov for referring to the kilt a skirt, and the Glasgow crowd responded with plenty of boos and laughs as Dimitrov held his head in his hands. The kilt didn't seem to affect Dimitrov's play much, as he somehow still managed to hit a successful tweener.  

After a couple of games, Jamie Murray asked for a substitution, and the Glasgow crowd welcomed home Gordon Reid, world number one in wheelchair tennis and recent gold medal winner. Andy Murray ran off to his bag to receive his gold medal, and the pair held up their medals to the crowd as they cheered in pride.  

Gold medalists Gordon Reid and Andy Murray (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Gold medalists Gordon Reid and Andy Murray

Another special guest took to the court as Dimitrov subbed in Scottish sitcom character Gary Tank Commander, who insisted he got to use one of Andy Murray's rackets instead of the one he was already supplied.  

Another couple of Scottish sporting icons appeared for the last game as former Rangers manager and player Ally McCoist and Glasgow Warriors rugby team coach Gregor Townsend joined in the fun.  

As the match was timed due to the venue's closing time, team Henman and Dimitrov won the set 5-4. 

Demand for tennis in Scotland 

Andy Murray announced in his post match interview that the event would be back next year much to the delight of the crowd, and he stayed back for half an hour to sign autographs and take pictures with hundreds of fans.  

Murray will now have some well-deserved time off after a long and successful summer to prepare for the Asian swing.