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Royal Mail unveil gold post box in SW19 for Murray triumph

The golden post box just outside the AELTC grounds
by Alexandra Willis
Thursday 9 August 2012

With golden post boxes springing up all over the country in celebration of Team GB's gold medals, the red post box nearest to the All England Club, Wimbledon, became the latest to turn gold this morning.

Situated on Church Road, overlooking the All England Club grounds, the red post box was painted to commemorate Andy Murray's gold medal in the men's singles of the Olympic tennis event at Wimbledon.

Murray grabbed golden glory with a consumate straight sets defeat of Roger Federer, his first over the great Swiss in a best-of-five set final. Coming exactly a month after Murray lost to Federer in the final of The Championships, Wimbledon, the 25-year-old described it as the biggest win of his life.

Speaking at the painting of the post box, Judy Murray revealed that the gold post box in Dunblane, Murray's hometown, has become the talking point of the town.

"I think it's amazing," she said. "A lovely permanent reminder of his success, and to be able to share that with his hometown, and with Wimbledon. There's enormous buzz in Dunblane, it's a great idea and a great honour.

"The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world, it has captured the imagination of the whole British public, so to come out on top was great for him," Murray said.

"I was very, very proud. It was an incredible day on Sunday, not just the singles, but the mixed too with one of our best young prospects Laura Robson, that was just as exciting."

"I went to the Olympic Park yesterday, the number of people who are coming up and congratulating Andy - Olympic fever is everywhere, the place is buzzing, it's bigger than just tennis, it's the whole of Team GB. Everyone is genuinely excited about it."

The Mayor of Merton also attended the unveiling of the post box, as did Chief Executive Richard Lewis. 

“We saw some brilliant tennis over the week of the Olympic tennis event and none more so than Andy Murray’s remarkable performance to win the Gold medal. To win against one of the all time great champions on Centre Court in front of a home crowd will be remembered as one of the iconic moments of London 2012," Lewis said.

 “The golden post box just outside the Club will be an eye-catching  reminder of that great occasion and will, I am sure, prove to be a popular addition to the itinerary for the many visitors who come throughout the year to our award-winning Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.” 

Murray has also donated the adidas Team GB kit that he won gold in to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Murray's navy shirt, shorts and red shoes will be on display when the Museum re-opens on 15 August 2012. 

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