WIMBLEDON COMMENT: Life changing victory is reward for dedication and determination

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THERE was something very satisfying watching Jonny Marray make Wimbledon history late on Saturday evening.

Unheralded, unknown, unseen and the underdog before the match began, Marray grew before the eyes of the nation to be the best man on centre court and change his life forever.

If ever there was a victory for a true sportsman then this was it.

Marray not only demonstrated that he plays by the rules - he admitted his racket had touched the net in the third set tie-break - he showed that no matter how your career has progressed, there is always room for greatness.

Some of the tournaments he has travelled to would make even the hardiest of backpacker think twice.

But no more.

With his epic five-set win alongside Denmark’s Freddy Nielsen, Marray has elevated himself into a first class, five star tennis icon.

It’s a long way from St Wilfrid’s primary school in Millhouses and All Saints secondary school on Granville Road.

Born in Liverpool but raised in Sheffield from a very early age, there’s no doubt that Marray is a son of the city.

We should have known about him and celebrated him more. Here was a young man making his way in one of the most ruthless sports and making a success of it.

A Wimbledon win grabs our attention and reminds us that in this great sporting world of ours there are many more out there with the grit and determination to make that massive breakthrough.

Jonny Marray did and we shall celebrate with him.