The Day After: Andy Murray on Winning Wimbledon, Knighthood and Making Media Rounds
(July 8, 2013) Andy Murray was overcome with emotion on Sunday on his way to winning his first Wimbledon title at the All England Club, a historic day for a nation celebrated.
After the congratulatory hugs and kisses from family and friends, a message from the Queen of England and a phone call from David Beckham, he jetted off to the Wimbledon Champions Ball looking every bit the winning gentleman. It looks like he won’t be letting that trophy go any time soon! (More photos in the link)
“I’m sure I will see some of the newspapers around. I’ve seen some of the back pages and front pages of the newspapers this morning,” admitted Murray during his media rounds.
Amid the wonderfully-loud and supportive Center Court cheers on Sunday, Murray admits that he grasped quickly that he had won, but not quite yet what he had done for the country: “When I actually won yesterday, it sunk in quite quickly that I won Wimbledon. But actually how big it was, I think will take quite a while.”
“When I was sat downstairs on my own when I was waiting to do drug testing, that’s when it all hit me,” stated Murray. “I just got like so tired. I felt like I hit a wall and that’s when it felt like it was all starting to sink in, all of the emotions and what I had just done.”
“But after the match you see some of the pictures of the hill and people watching back in Dunblane and the sports clubs, people at the Tower of London. I don’t know how many people watched yesterday on the TV – there will have been hundreds of millions across the world and that’s not really something you can grasp. That’s a strange feeling.
After a brief week-long holiday, Murray plans to get right back on the horse, and feels there has been a weight lifted off his shoulders going into future tournaments: “I feel very relaxed today and there was a huge release of tension and pressure yesterday. I feel that once I get back on the match court, I’ll feel much more relaxed out there, preparing for big events … Last year after the US Open, the next few tournaments I played, I just felt a lot calmer on the court and much better about things.”
So is there anything that could top the feeling of winning Wimbledon? “Everyone would like to be world No. 1, but it’s such a hard thing to do,” stated Murray to the Telegraph. “Right now, I hold two of the Slams, the final of another one and the Olympic gold, and I’m still not close to No. 1 … maybe one day I’ll get there.”
With his historic win at the All England Club, Murray becomes the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years, and many have wondered if “Andy Murray” could soon become “Sir Andy Murray.” So, could the Scot see himself as that?
“I don’t know,” he admitted. “A lot of people have asked me about that today and in the past, ‘if you won Wimbledon.’ But I think it’s more just because it’s taken such a long time for someone to do it. I don’t know whether winning Wimbledon deserves a knighthood.”
According to Forbes, Andy Murray’s endorsement deals could get a boost following his Wimbledon win and be “at least on par with [Novak] Djokovic by the end of fiscal 2013,” which is estimated at around $14 million annually. Roger Federer is currently on top of men’s tennis with endorsement deals totaling $65 million, followed by Rafael Nadal at $21 million, then Djokovic. However, Forbes notes that “if 2-3 more majors follow in the coming years, eclipsing $20 million annually in endorsements is not impossible” for Murray.
But none of that matters to his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland, where the community celebrated, including his grandparents, Roy and Shirley Erskine, who said the atmosphere was “tremendous”.
“We were telling him what wonderful support there was up here,” Shirley Erskine told Sky News. His grandfather also commented on Andy’s spirit for playing the game. “I don’t think Andy will change in any way,” he said. “I think he will still be very committed to his tennis – he doesn’t know anything else. It’s been his way of life for the last 11 years.”
Stores were rebranding their names, kids were hitting the tennis courts at sports clubs, signs were adorning storefronts, and even a cake replica basked the city.
Afterward, Murray made his way to 10 Downing Street in London for a cross-party reception in his honor, which included (L-R) Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Andy Murray, Prime Minister David Cameron, Labor leader Ed Miliband and SNP Westminster leader Angus Robinson.