July 7, 2020
July 7 will always be remembered as the day Andy Murray first won Wimbledon.
Let’s hope he can do it again at Wimbledon 2021!
We think the best way to relive his special moment back in 2013 is to publish our report from this day seven years ago.
It may have been the first reflective piece on the Wimbledon final to be posted online anywhere in the world.
See if you think we still managed to capture the mood on that unforgettable day.
“Murray Makes History!
He knelt sobbing as they chanted his name. Different tears this time.
Historic, heroic, moving, magnificent.
How do you describe one of the most memorable moments British sport has ever seen?
‘I can’t believe this,’ said his girlfriend Kim Sears as Andy prepared to serve out the match.
And that was before the tortuous final game.
‘Imagine playing it!’ Andy said afterwards.
After so many years of hurt, no one could quite imagine what might be going through his mind.
But he shut his demons out, stayed strong…and now he has done it.
At last. The perfect day.
When he realised he had won, Andy Murray’s obvious joy and relief were so powerful that words became unnecessary.
He hugged everyone except his mum Judy…then he went back and hugged her too.
The tears provided the climax to an impossibly dramatic Wimbledon. A chapter that will never be forgotten in the glorious story of the tournament.
After last year’s Centre Court agony, after years of unimaginable pressure, after all those match points, Andy Murray kept coming back.
Now he has his reward. And so – dare we say it – do the British!
We’re always very careful not to focus too much on British players here.
Tennis fans come from all corners of the earth, we know that and we’re glad of it. We talk of all the other players with love and affection, as you’ll know from these blogs.
But after a wait of 77 years – since the great Fred Perry triumphed here in 1936 – who can blame the Brits for enjoying this rare win?
Let’s face facts, it could be 2090 before it happens again. You have to seize the moment, right?
It all seemed unreal…like a beautiful dream. But Murray will always be a Wimbledon champion now.
The pressure will never be the same. He has a lifetime to enjoy what he has achieved.
Let’s spare a moment for Novak Djokovic. He played his part and played it well, but couldn’t hit former heights.
Juan Martin del Potro had softened him up too much in the semi-final. And Novak had won Wimbledon before. He couldn’t match Andy’s hunger.
Murray had matured, so when he was tested he had the answers. Well done Andy Murray.
You started out at Wimbledon as a boy. This year you proved you really are the man.
So that was Wimbledon. We said it would be good didn’t we?’
And Wimbledon 2021 promises to be even better. Especially if Andy Murray can roll back the years.
We were wrong about one thing back in 2013, though. We didn’t have to wait until 2090 for another British champion.
Andy was back for another famous title three years later. Could Murray make it a hat-trick next year?