A tennis coach has described the moment he witnessed sporting history when Andy Murray won the Wimbledon men’s singles title.
Richard Wilson, and his wife Sylvia, were at Centre Court at the All England Club yesterday (Sunday) to see Murray defeat Novak Djokovic in the final, ending Britain’s 77 year wait for a men’s Wimbledon champion.
Mr Wilson, of Cold Overton Road, Oakham, is a tennis coach at Oakham Lawn Tennis Club and said Murray’s triumph was great to be a part of.
Mr Wilson, 49, said: “It was incredible.
“I’ve been to Wimbledon a few times before but this was something very very special.
“It was amazing to see the crowd get completely behind him, through the good times and when he was struggling.
“It was a throw back to the Olympics last year and just great to be a part of.”
Mr Wilson is a member of Tennis Leicestershire and had applied for tickets for the final through the board’s ballot in February.
He was elated when he got the tickets and hoped to see a Murray Djokovic final but when he saw top players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer crash out early, he feared Murray and Djokovic could follow suit.
However, the pair battled their way to the final and Mr Wilson said he was both delighted and shocked to see Murray beat world number one Djokovic in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
Mr Wilson said: “We were right in line with the base line at the opposite end to the royal box, 15 rows back.
“It’s quite a small intimate stadium so we felt close to all the action.
“At first, I didn’t know if I had made the right decision with all the top seeds dropping out but we definitely had the strongest two players in the final.
“I was surprised to see Murray win in straight sets. I think we were all surprised and partly in a state of shock.
“I’ve watched so many sporting events over the years and have been let down but Murray was brilliant.
“He’s a very very good player and I think he’ll go on to win more major tournaments.”
Mr Wilson is a coach at Oakham Lawn Tennis Club, helping run R2R Tennis, a programme which encourages young children to take up the sport across the region.
He also runs sessions at primary schools in the area and at Stapleford Park, near Melton Mowbray.
Mr Wilson now believes the sport will become even more popular as youngsters try to break through to become the next Andy Murray.
He said: “Murray’s win will give a big boost to the sport and I think there will be a lot more people coming down to the club to try it out.
“There will be lots of children trying to be the next Andy Murray and it’ll be great to see.”