For 77 years, Britain had no Wimbledon champion and now in Murray the the country has someone who has laid his hands on the holy grail of tennis not once but twice in four years.
For the United Kingdom still grappling with Brexit, Andy Murray’s triumph in the Wimbledon 2016 came was one uplifting moment, and not without a reason.
For 77 years, Britain had no Wimbledon champion and now in Murray the country has someone who has laid his hands on the holy grail of tennis not once but twice in four years.
In fact, even before his appearance in the final, it was suggested that he could lift much of the UK from the sense of chaos it fell into after the Brexit vote on June 23.
Interestingly, when Murray’s first Wimbledon title in 2013 came 12 months after he had given a tearful speech, after losing the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
Murray won his second Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam crown on Sunday, downing Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2).
Soon after the triump, Murray posted a picture of his with the cup in a bathtub, and captioned it: “Holding this bad boy makes the ice bath that little bit more bearable.”
Appearing in his 11th final at the majors, but his first against an opponent other than Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the Scot put on a Centre Court masterclass.
After the triumph, the 29-year-old world number two buried his head in his towel and wept in the moments after the victory. It also helped him forget the disappointment of losing the Australian and French Open finals to Djokovic this year.
Murray faced just two break points in the two hour 48 minute encounter while 25-year-old Raonic, who had clobbered 137 aces going into the final, managed just eight on Sunday.
Congrats to the great champ @andy_murray – winning his 2nd Wimbledon title!
It just gets better & better!
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) July 10, 2016
Humbled in his defeat, Raonic said the loss would sting, but he would try hard to come back again. “This one is going to sting. I’m going to make sure I do everything I can to be back here for another chance,” he said.
In a game dominated by the likes of Federer, Rafael Nadal and recently by Novak Djokovic for several years now, Murray has seen more defeats that wins.
“It’s the most important tournament for me every year. I’ve had some great moments and tough losses. I played some really good stuff today,” Murray was quoted as saying.
“The wins feel extra special because of the tough losses. I’m proud to have my hands on the trophy again.”
With Sunday’s win, Murray helped preserve the iron-grip on the majors of the sport’s ‘Big Four’ with Lleyton Hewitt the last man outside of Murray, Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal to win Wimbledon back in 2002.
Fittingly for such an occasion, the Centre Court Royal Box was packed with sporting and celebrity star power.
Prince William and wife Kate were joined by former champions Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg as well as Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Grant.
(With AFP inputs)