Former World #2 Andrea Jaeger Visits Red Hook, Just as she did in Dublane in 1996


Comfort: Andrea Jaeger arrives to place flowers and a candle at the makeshift memorial in Newtown, Connecticut
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Sixteen years ago tennis player Andrea Jaeger was so touched by the devastating massacre of 16 children at Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996 that she flew 5,000 miles to help and helped inspire U.S. Open champion Andy Murray.

Today she unfortunately found herself once again at the scene of a brutal school shooting as she arrived to lay flowers at the makeshift memorial of Sandy Hook Elementary.

Speaking of her humanitarian work with her Little Star foundation, Andrea, 47, said she hoped that one child from the tragic Connecticut school could one day emulate Murray.
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Healing process: Andrea Jaeger (center) traveled to Scotland to comfort survivors of the Dunblane massacre, including current world number three Andy Murray (second from right)
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‘I arrived around one week after the attack and brought as many tennis rackets as I could with me from Colorado,’ said Andrea (who was a former world number two and retired in 1987).

‘The kids were shaken up, but some like Andy who had to hide (during the shootings) were quiet and seemed haunted.

‘We set up a net and a court, and we played a game of tennis.

‘Andy was already playing tennis by then and he definitely had an idea of how to hold a grip and he successfully passed me on the court.

‘He was small but pretty good.

‘Of course he had to hide during the attack (carried out by the 43-year-old gunman Thomas Hamilton) and a lot of people didn’t really know till recently that he was even there during the massacre.’


On 13 March 1996, unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton, 43, walked into the Dunblane Primary School armed with four handguns. He shot and killed 16 children and one adult before committing suicide.

Future tennis champion Andy Murray attended the school at the time and was forced to take cover in a classroom. Murray has previously stated that he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews.

In his autobiography Hitting Back he states that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton, and that his mother gave Hamilton lifts in her car.

Excerpted from The Daily Mail
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FACEBOOK15th December 2012

Andy Murray wrote on his wall


My heart goes out to all those poor children, their families and the community in Newtown in Connecticut, so so sad

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