Sheffield's Jonny Marray Makes Wimbledon History
Sheffield's Jonny Marray has made Wimbledon history - by becoming the first British player to lift the men's doubles title in 76 years.
Jonny Marray is Britain's first men's doubles champion at Wimbledon for 76 years. Marray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen needed a wild card to get into the tournament but followed up their victory over defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals by beating fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final. It was a remarkable victory for Sheffield's Marray and Nielsen, and is another good omen for Murray ahead of tomorrow's men's singles final against Roger Federer. In 1936, Fred Perry won the singles and Pat Hughes and Raymond Tuckey won the doubles, and no British player had matched either achievement until today. Marray said: "I'm sure he was watching. He follows how all the guys do. We're friends. If it gives him any kind of inspirational help, I'm sure it would be good. Obviously everyone's hoping for him to win. He's come so close in a lot of grand slams so many times before. He's working hard and he's right at the top of his game. I don't see why he can't.'' Marray admitted he could not quite believe what had happened. He said: "I've been saying to Freddie, I don't feel any different or anything. It's just like winning another tennis match. I suppose it will take time to sink in. When I see my friends and family and speak to them about it, over the course of a few days, a few weeks, I'm sure it will sink in a bit more.'' Marray and Nielsen will take home £130,000 each - almost half what the Yorkshireman has earned in the rest of his career put together. Messages flooded in from the likes of Judy Murray, Jamie Murray, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, while former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish also tweeted his congratulations. Marray was born in Liverpool, and Dalglish said: ``Congratulations @jonnymarray and @freddienielsen. You can always rely on a Scouser to deliver on the big stage.''