Andy Murray wins Wimbledon – how the world reacted


    Matt MurphyMatt Murphy

    “The greatest British sportsperson in history.” “Amazing, amazing, amazing.”

    It was a victory that struck a chord with many – even his famously poker-faced coach Ivan Lendl could not hide his emotions as Andy Murray became Wimbledon champion for the second time on Sunday.

    The 29-year-old Scot magnificently dismantled Milos Raonic in straight setsto become the first British man to win multiple singles titles at SW19 since Fred Perry in 1935.

    Unsurprisingly, it was a triumph that sparked thousands of tweets. Former England football captain Gary Lineker, the world’s most expensive footballer Gareth Bale and even TV presenters Ant and Dec offered their congratulations. Here is how the day unfolded on social media…

    Pre-match excitement

    Murray had been there and done it before, but that did not stop the nerves and excitement building as the start of the match neared. Former England cricketer Phil Tufnell showed his support – and it became increasingly clear that Murray had the backing of a number of furry friends.

    Phil Tufnell
    Former England cricketer – and one-time King of the Jungle – Phil Tufnell was enjoying the sunshine and the pre-match build-up
    Rich Breene
    Possibly a touch cuter than Tufnell’s picture, however, was this one sent in by Rich Breene of his Murray-supporting dog
    Judy Murray
    Judy Murray opted for a stress-busting pudding before watching her son take on Raonic – and it no doubt made victory all the sweeter

    The hottest ticket in town

    Royal Box regulars, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance, as was Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. But perhaps most surprising was the presence of Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho as Portugal were competing in the Euro 2016 final against France in Paris on Sunday evening.

    Jose Mourinho
    The Special One posted this picture on Instagram and he was treated to a special performance
    Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper (right)
    Hollywood A-listers Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper were among a number of familiar faces in the Royal Box
    David Cameron (left)
    Prime Minister David Cameron and his mother, Mary Cameron, also enjoyed the spectacle on Centre Court

    That 147mph Raonic serve

    Raonic produced a colossal 147mph serve in the second set – the equal second-fastest in Wimbledon history – but the cat-like Murray managed to return superbly, winning the point and causing Twitter to purr in admiration.

    Raonic may have lost in the final, but he did make a mark
    Matt Murphy

    ‘Possibly the greatest British sportsman of all time’

    Andy Murray said his second Wimbledon title, and the third Grand Slam of his career, was “extra special” because of the tough losses he has endured. It was also a victory which had celebrities crying and calling him a British great.

    And and Dec
    TV presenters And and Dec cheekily tried to claim credit for Murray’s success
    Gary Lineker
    Former England striker Gary Lineker suggests Murray could be Britain’s best
    Michael Vaughan
    Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan tweeted that there has been no-one greater than Murray in his lifetime
    Chris Evans
    BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans admitted that he could not contain his emotions
    Sir Chris Hoy
    Six-time Olympic gold medallist and fellow Scot Chris Hoy made reference to Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the British GP and Chris Froome’s Tour de France success at the weekend
    Gareth Bales
    Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale tweeted his admiration

    Royal seal of approval

    The Royal Family
    Her Majesty was not at Wimbledon, but the Royal Family were quick to congratulate the new champion on Twitter
    Kensington Palace
    Her Majesty is the head of the Commonwealth, of course, so Kensington Palace – the Twitter account of Prince William and Harry – also praised Canada’s Raonic
    Jamie Murray
    But perhaps the greatest praise of all is that from a sibling and Jamie Murray only had one word for his younger brother
    Amelie Mauresmo
    Murray’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo got carried away with emoticons so happy was she for her former pupil

    Ice cool Murray

    How to celebrate winning Wimbledon? Murray showed little enthusiasm in continuing the Champions’ dinner dance, which was revived by Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams last year. “No dancing for me unless I’ve had a few glasses of champagne and then it’s possible,” he said. But there was no ducking out of the post-match ice bath ritual.

    Piers Newbury
    Andy Murray takes a dip in freezing water with Wimbledon’s famous golden trophy

    How the papers reacted

    Daily Mail
    Daily Star
    Daily Express