Day of celebration for British tennis at Wimbledon

10 July 2016 07:53

Britain was celebrating one of its greatest days at Wimbledon as home players landed four titles including Andy Murray's men's singles triumph.

Gordon Reid set off the trophy run with victory in the wheelchair men's singles, staged for the first time at Wimbledon, before Jordanne Whiley scooped wheelchair doubles success.

Murray had his moment of glory against Milos Raonic on Centre Court, and afterwards Heather Watson teamed up with Finland's Henri Kontinen to carry off the mixed doubles title.

Watson had lost count of the victories, and was thrilled that Murray managed to win for a second time.

"I was following the whole of Andy's match. I thought he'd win today. He played brilliant," Watson said. "He did everything right. I was watching in the changing rooms when he won. It's just so nice to see him do so well here and win.

"Then to get the two Brits, or three . four wins today, is great, and here at home."

Murray acknowledged his 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/2) win was not only a big one for himself.

"I obviously want to win to make all the fans that come to watch happy," the 29-year-old Scot said. "I'm not suggesting this was only for me. I know it's something bigger than that."

He added: "The support that I had throughout the two weeks, especially today, was amazing. It really helps. It does make a difference when you're out there, for sure."

Whiley, a 24-year-old from Halesowen, teamed up with regular partner Yui Kamiji to defeat the Dutch duo of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2 6-2.

Whiley was revelling in the day of British achievement and enjoyed seeing Murray lift the trophy in the biggest match of the day.

"Amazing. I did have a feeling he would win it," she said. "I'm very, very happy for him. I think he's had an amazing year. He's playing some of his best tennis.

"Who knows why. Maybe it's because he's a parent now."

Reid's impressive 6-1 6-4 victory over Sweden's Stefan Olsson was over and done with before Murray began his final.

That meant the Glasgow-based 24-year-old, who also won the Australian Open singles in January, could head to the main show court to see his fellow Scot in action.

"It would be pretty nice to share a moment with him later as two Wimbledon champions," Reid said.

Looking at the day from a Scottish perspective, Reid said: " We're quite a small nation. So to be winning these amount of grand slams is a credit to the work of some of the people back home."

Source: PA