SHEFFIELD’S Jonny Marray and Denmark’s Freddie Nielsen have won the Wimbledon’s men’s doubles title, writes Graham Walker.
They beat Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Romania’s Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final.
Marray, aged 31, is tonight in the history books after he became the first Briton in a men’s doubles win at Wimbledon in 76 years - the same feat Andy Murray is hoping to achieve in his men’s singles final tomorrow.
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To rapturous cheering and applause, Marry and Danish partner Nielsen took the title in a nail-biting doubles final.
The Wimbledon wildcards were presented with their trophies by the Duke of Kent on Centre Court.
Marray, who previously revealed he had dreamt of playing on Centre Court since watching Tim Henman 11-years ago, said: “We can’t believe it obviously. It’s tough to sink in, I don’t know what to say.”
Of his history-making victory, he said: “What a great honour that is, people keep giving me these statistics, I just want to cherish every moment out there.”
Fellow Briton Murray was today preparing for the match of his life when he takes on six-time champion Roger Federer tomorrow.
The 25-year-old - the first Briton to reach the men’s singles final in 74 years - is hoping to fill Fred Perry’s shoes by lifting the winner’s trophy.
The demand for tickets has soared, with online ticket marketplace Viagogo saying the average ticket sale price has jumped from £3-4,000 to an average of £5-6,000.
The site saw a 395% surge in traffic overnight for searches for men’s finals tickets after Murray booked himself a place in the final, and at one point a pair of tickets were listed on the site today for £32,000.
Earlier today, Serena Williams won her fifth women’s Wimbledon title, beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 5-7 6-2 in the final.
The women were watched in the Royal Box by showbiz couple Michael Sheen and Rachel McAdams, as well as comedians Michael McIntyre, Paul Tonkinson and Miranda Hart.
Also in the box was British tennis star Virginia Wade, who lifted the trophy in 1977, and fellow former women’s champions Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna.
An emotional Williams, who has made a comeback after suffering a series of setbacks, climbed into the players’ box after the match to thank her family and friends.