Sheffield’s former Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray says Andy Murray’s success on Sunday is great news for the sport.
Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry in 1936 after a straight sets victory over Serbia’s World No 1 Novak Djokovic.
Marray, who won the doubles title in 2012, and reached the last 16 in his defence this year alongside partner Colin Fleming, said the Scot’s triumph could spark a tennis boom: “He’ll be one of the most recognisable athletes in the country now.
“To be in our sport is great. I hope it inspires people to get their rackets out. Hopefully it gets more people in the sport.
“It’s well documented how hard he (Murray) works and how dedicated he is.
“It shows what can be achieved through hard work. It is great for British tennis.”
Marray watched the final with his brother Dave and admitted it was sometimes difficult viewing: “I was nervous watching it. I wanted him to win so much, but it was such a tough match against Djokovic. He’s not No 1 for nothing.
“I thought he’d do it, though. He had the experience from last year. He played brilliantly and closed it out.”
Marray, who has slipped 19 places in the doubles standings to 34 after losing his ranking points from last year’s success at the All England Club, is now preparing for the hard court season in America.
After a week’s training in London the 32-year-old will fly out for tournaments in Atlanta and Washington before hoping to make the main draws in Masters Series events in Montreal and Cincinnati.
The season’s final Grand Slam is the US Open, which starts at Flushing Meadow in New York on August 26.
Marray said he has been pleased with his form during grass court tournaments at Queen’s Club, Eastbourne and Wimbledon: “We’re happy with way we played. We reached the Eastbourne final and had a couple of good matches at Wimbledon to reach the third round.
“I’m look forward to moving on to the hard courts. It has been nice to have a week off and refresh after the grass - there’s been no real break between the clay court season and the grass - so it’s nice to have breather.”
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