Andy Murray still looked the same Monday morning after a Wimbledon title and 90 minutes of sleep. He still sounded the same, too, with his droll drone of a voice, which, come to think of it, always sounds a bit groggy.
But the questions were different, delightfully different, if you were Murray.
What about a knighthood? Will it be hard to stay hungry after achieving your three obvious goals? Can you talk about what this Wimbledon victory means to the British people?
That last question must have sounded particularly novel, given that Murray, like every top male British tennis player from Buster Mottram to Tim Henman, had spent his career trying to live up to Fred Perry, who won the last of his three Wimbledon singles titles in 1936.
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“To finally have done it, it will be nice as a nation that we don’t have to look at Wimbledon as a negative,” Murray said. “It can be viewed as a positive. I just hope it’s not another 70-odd years again.”
Murray said so after posing with the men’s trophy in front of Perry’s statue in the Monday sunshine.
It is worth underscoring that Virginia Wade did win the women’s singles title here in 1977. Wade was at Wimbledon as a BBC commentator, and it was poignant to watch her enter the gates of the All England Club one day last week. She walked through on her own in her flat-soled shoes and sunglasses, her hair gone gray.
No one accosted her. No one shouted her name, aimed a smartphone in her direction or extended so much as a program to autograph as she made her way toward Centre Court.
It may take another 36 years for Murray to have the same sort of treatment and peace at Wimbledon.
The attempt to match Perry had grown, through the decades, into a quest and also a reliable hook on which to hang the British narrative every July.
Murray’s straight-sets victory over Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final will stir up all sorts of other possibilities.
In the rankings released Monday, Djokovic is still No. 1. Murray is still No. 2, followed by David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer,.
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A knighthood does seem likely, given that Bradley Wiggins received one last year after winning an Olympic gold and the Tour de France. “I think it’s a nice thing to have or be offered,” Murray said. Asked if he would call Murray “Sir” if the knighthood materialized, Lendl said: “That would be a great thing for Andy. Not sure I can really discuss what we call each other though!”
(New York Times)