Thursday 25 July 2013
It may have been a full three weeks since Andy Murray's historic Wimbledon win, but Britain hasn't quite come back down to earth yet. Wimbledon.com recounts 10 ways the nation celebrated...
- One Scottish man in his forties spent three hours having an image of Murray kissing the trophy tattooed on to his chest. "I chose the picture because I thought it summed it all up. You can see how much lifting the cup meant to him," he told The Daily Record.
- Murray will appear in the 75th anniversary issue of The Beano, with the Wimbledon champion playing a game of tennis with Minnie the Minx. "We always planned to include Andy Murray in this amazing issue," said The Beano's editor. "But we've reworked the strip to reflect his historic Wimbledon win."
- Four female penguins at an aquarium in Fife have been named after Murray, his girlfriend Kim Sears, his mother Judy and his maternal grandmother Shirley. The St Andrews Aquarium had been asking for suggestions for names. "It was a tough decision to pick a winner out of literally hundreds of suggestions, but one theme kept coming through strongly in a lot of the entries," said the aquarium's manager. "We had lots of Andys, Murrays and Wimbles but, because the penguins are girls, we had to be a little more creative."
- The Royal Horticultural Society named a flower after the Wimbledon champion. "The RHS is proud to serve up this winning dahlia for Andy Murray, which is a top-seeded flower and a certain ace for the garden," said a spokesman. "It also has good stamina and will flower from July right through to November." Anyone interested in planting 'Andy Murray' in their garden should contact the National Dahlia Collection about the dark-stemmed dahlia with a golden flower.
- Murray was referenced in EastEnders. "We always like to mark big events and Murray's victory is certainly one of those," said a spokesman for the BBC's soap-opera - in years past, the scripts have been reworked to include mentions of Barack Obama winning the White House, royal weddings, Michael Jackson's death and the 2012 London Olympics.
- Murray was walking out of Nobu restaurant in Mayfair, at the end of his first full day as the Wimbledon champion, when an autograph-hunter inadvertently poked him in the eye with a programme. As Murray was driven off, he was seen rubbing his eye.
- The Royal Mail are to issue a set of four stamps, which will go on sale next month. Two of the images show Murray with the trophy, while another captures him serving and the other is of him preparing to hit a backhand.
- The Prime Minister David Cameron said he couldn't think of anyone who deserved a knighthood more than than Murray. "It was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, for British tennis and for Britain," said Cameron, who was in the front row of the Royal Box. "We were wondering, 'Do we dare to dream that this is possible?' and he proved absolutely that it was." Cameron told children during a visit to a school in north London that he was "a keen tennis fan - it's my favourite sport, and I try to play maybe once a fortnight. What the Andy Murray story shows you is that if you are really dedicated and if you work really hard and if you set yourself a goal, you can achieve it. That's what Andy Murray did and it was a dream come true for him."
- Murray's uncle, Niall Erskine, is to give the Wimbledon champion a personalised poker table. "Somehow we came to the attention of Murray's uncle," said the man who makes the personalised tables. "He got in touch and asked if I could make a special poker table for his nephew. I asked what he was looking for in particular and he told me, 'well, he's Andy Murray, so could you make it tennis-related?' To be honest, I didn't actually believe him at first. Andy Murray's representatives sent me a copy of his official logo to place in the centre of the table, and also gave me a list of important locations to use as place markers."
- The Queen, who had been there in person on the last occasion a Briton won a singles title at Wimbledon, when Virginia Wade was the ladies' champion in 1977, wasn't on Centre Court for Murray's triumph, but she did send a letter of congratulations. But we will probably never know what was said, with a spokesman for Buckingham Palace saying: "I can confirm that the Queen has sent a private message to Andy Murray following his Wimbledon victory."
Mark Hodgkinson is the author of 'Andy Murray: Wimbledon champion', which will be published by Simon and Schuster in August.
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