THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Wimbledon Diary: Murray's Mayoral Message, British Brit
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points on Friday after the completion of the Wimbledon semi-finals.
After Andy Murray become the first British male to reach the Wimbledon singles final since 1938, London mayor Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) tweeted, “Well done Andy Murray! Let's hope he can do in this Jubilee year what Virginia Wade did when she won in 1977 during the Silver Jubilee!”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took a shot to his sensitive area after Andy Murray drilled a forehand at close range towards the Frenchman in the ninth game of the third set at 15/15 in their semi-final encounter Friday. Tsonga needed a minute to recover before regrouping to clinch the game and the set.
Asked in his post-match press conference if he’d ever been hit like that before, Tsonga said in jest, “Never. But I will have a revenge one time.”
Murray Calls For Fans’ Help
Knowing that he’ll be playing against global fan favourite Roger Federer in Sunday’s final, Andy Murray said, “I'm going to need all their help on Sunday because it's a massive challenge to win against Roger in the final of a slam, at Wimbledon. I hope that all of the crowd is with me. Like I say, I'll need all of their support. It's been great so far.
“They've helped me out through some tough moments the last couple of matches, and I'll definitely need it again on Sunday.”
I’ll Autograph Anything
Following his doubles semi-final victory with Frederik Nielsen over defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, Jonathan Marray signed a guy’s stomach before exiting the court.
Though Jonathan Marray claims he isn’t a particularly patriotic Brit, Frederik Nielsen complimented the Liverpool native for representing his country, stating “you’re one of the most British Brits I've ever known. First of all, tennis wise, he's one of the last serve and volley players of our generation. He is a true joy to watch, especially on the grass,” said Nielsen.
“Second of all, obviously his accent, his demeanor, his cups of tea, everything. I mean, just ask him what he used his gift voucher for the Wimbledon shop for and you'll see what I mean.”
Marray used his £75 voucher to purchase a teapot, a few cups, and some tea towels for his sister, with whom he shares a house.
Trending On Twitter?
In response to Great Britain having a player advance to both the men’s singles and doubles finals at Wimbledon, ATP World Tour players sounded off on Twitter.
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