THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Murray's Historic Wimbledon Triumph Celebrated Across Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray beams from the front pages of every British national newspaper on Monday.
Newspapers produced souvenir editions with front page headlines including, ‘History Boy’, ‘Champion’, ‘Magical Murray’, ‘At Last’, ‘After 77 Years, The Wait Is Over’ and ‘Now it’ll be arise, Sir Andy!'
The Times leader noted that, “In winning the men’s singles title, Andy Murray achieved something that nobody present on Centre Court at Wimbledon under the age of 77 had seen. His victory brings to an end the longest wait in British sporting life.”
The Daily Telegraph wrote, “Finally, the ghost of Fred Perry can rest… In ending this long and anguished wait; Murray enters the pantheon of the true great of British sport.”
The Independent declared, “It was a day Britain thought would never come… This was one of the great days.”
The Guardian leader wrote, “The nation was agog with expectation. But an individual wins a championship, not a nation.”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II dispatched a private message to Murray shortly after the final, which was watched by 17.3 million viewers on BBC television.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who watched from the Royal Box on Centre Court, told BBC News, “It was an absolutely brilliant performance. [It was] an amazing day for Andy Murray, but also an incredible day for British tennis and for Britain.”
Murray is undertaking media commitments at the All England Club today, followed by a Downing Street reception. Last night, he insisted, “Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis. Winning Wimbledon, I still can’t believe it. [I] can’t get my head around it.”
Murray is just the third British man in tennis history to win Wimbledon and the US Open. He follows in the footsteps of Laurie Doherty and Perry.
Perry won his third and final Wimbledon title on 3 July 1936 – 28,127 days before Murray’s triumph.