THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Wimbledon Diary: Cue The Waterworks; Tweets From Tiger, Bear & More
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Cue The Waterworks
After an emotional on-court speech that left spectators in tears, Murray exchanged an embrace and a laugh with Federer. The British No. 1 shared afterwards that he had apologised to Federer for the waterworks, explaining, “I didn't obviously want that to happen. You feel like you're kind of attention seeking or something. It was not like that at all.
“I’ve seen Roger do the same thing a couple times before, so he kind of knows what it’s like,” he added. “He just laughed. He said, ‘This is meant to be the easy part, doing the speeches after the match.’ But sometimes it feels quite hard compared with playing a tennis match.”
The King’s Lead
Murray had cited LeBron James as an inspiration prior to the Wimbledon final, and stated Sunday that the NBA MVP’s fight to win his first championship title continued to give him hope.
“Stories like that, to me, are inspiring,” he said. “Kind of gives you that extra bit of belief. Sometimes guys have taken much longer than others. I think he said after he lost in the NBA Finals last year, he said that he’s having to go through a lot of nightmares before he reaches his dream. To me, I think I’m in a similar situation right now. It doesn't get easier. When you lose, it’s hard, it’s tough to take, but you need to try and show strength of character to come back from it. Hopefully one day you get there.”
James, who turned pro in 2003, led the Miami Heat to the NBA title last month after a runner-up finish last year. He shared his support for Murray on Saturday, tweeting, “Congrats on getn to the final. Honored by the shout out. Will be rooting for U. C u in London!” His teammate, Dwayne Wade, also gave Murray a shout out after the final: “Big S/O 2 @MiamiHEAT fan @andy_murray on a gr8 Wimbledon. Finals ths year..like us U 2 cn come back & win it nxt yr http://instagr.am/p/M0-A4FEMpv/”
Following Roger Federer’s win over Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, golf superstar Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) tweeted, “Hats off to Murray for a great fight. But we saw why Fed is the#GOAT.”
When Federer was asked if he heard about the Tweet, he revealed, “I didn't need to get it through Twitter, I got one from himself. He was very pumped up these last couple days for me. He was very supportive.
“It's nice when other greats like this believe in me. They push me further… I wish him the best as well. He knows that. Obviously with Facebook and Twitter, all [of] this [is] much more public now. But it feels great to receive so much support from such great athletes.”
Top 10 Tweets
Dwayne Wade and Tiger Woods weren’t alone in posting messages for Murray and Federer following the Wimbledon final. Congratulatory Tweets poured in from tennis players, athletes and celebrities worldwide. Here are the Top 10 Tweets:
10. Emma Watson (@EmWatson): Awesome Murray speech. Amazing Federer win. #Wimbledon2012
9. Milos Raonic (@milosraonic): Congrats to Roger Federer. He has a bigger collection of Wimbledon trophies than most players have towels.
8. Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan): Bravo Andy Murray. What an achievement. The Wimbledon Finals. You played so well and made us all so very proud. Well done.
7. Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes): Good match Andy Murray. It was Roger Federer's day. RF is so cool, that's why he wears sweaters. #Wimbledon
6. Matthew Perry (@MatthewPerry): Roger Federer, your life looks good from here. Congrats man! And boy oh boy did I just become an Andy Murray fan.
5. Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili): Roger Federer back to #1 after winning Wimbledon 4 the 7th time. One of the best athletes ever w/o question... #iamafan
4. Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings): FairPlay to #murray for owning his emotions like a real man. Both guys are classy. Federer could be the greatest ever #Wimbledon
3. Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls): An incredible Wimbledon tennis final - Andy Murray gave his all and was so great in defeat. But Roger was just too courageous.#gladitorial
2. Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn): This is why I love tennis and sports. Two gracious champions. At a loss for words. Roger Federer world #1. Amazing. #RF #wimbledon
1. Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe): Federer, all hail,7th Wimbledon championship. Andy Murray,you are a champion in my eyes, one day mate it will be you.#riseandriseagain
A seat on Centre Court to watch the Wimbledon singles final between Federer and Murray was the hottest ticket in the world Sunday, and the event had added buzz with the number of celebrities in attendance.
Among those who saw Federer clinch his seventh title at The Championships included HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, and her sister Pippa Middleton; football legend David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham; Mayor of London Boris Johnson; tennis icon Rod Laver; Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg; Lord Frederick Windsor; the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward; and British Prime Minister David Cameron.