On the seventh day of the seventh month – 77 years since the last time a Brit took home top tennis honours – Andy Murray put on a Wimbledon showing that left British fans in the Cayman Islands enthralled.
The 26-year-old Scot beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets on Sunday to end the barren spell of no British man winning the most coveted title in tennis since Fred Perry’s victory in 1936.
Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor said he was “thrilled” by Murray’s victory.
“I watched in my hotel in Miami with some friends,” Mr. Taylor said. “It was very exciting and an excited atmosphere.”
Does he think Murray can win Wimbledon again?
“Why not? It should be easier next time, as he knows he can do it now.”
The governor is an all-round sportsman, but he admits tennis is not one of his best. “I only play occasionally and I’m not very good!” Cayman-based Glaswegian Barry Dougall said, “I was delighted to see Andy win at Wimbledon, he played great tennis.
“I watched the match in the Triple Crown pub and the atmosphere was sensational and I’m sure this is the start of a run, which will see him win major titles again.
“I don’t play tennis, but as a Scot I was proud of the performance and the way he handled himself at the end, particularly in the interviews.”
Anne Guerrero is a Londoner who has lived here for six years. “I had a feeling Murray was going to do it this time,” she said. “It was such a great moment.
“All British tennis fans have been waiting a very long time for this day. It’s great to see the whole country get behind him whether you are a tennis fan or not. We actually won something!”
Mrs. Guerrero watched it on her sofa and made her own great atmosphere. She thinks he can win Wimbledon at least another couple of times and his achievement will see an increase in Cayman children taking up the game.
“I know that Wimbledon always inspires the kids to get out and play tennis in the United Kingdom,” she said. “I hope that it will do the same for kids in Cayman.”
Chris Sutton grew up in Reigate, Surrey.
He is an accomplished triathlete here. “Like every sports-loving Brit, I was delighted to see Murray win,” he said.
“To win in such a resolute manner was a bonus – thanks in part to the encouragement of the crowd, who were desperate to see a Brit win Wimbledon.
“I watched it on TV at home,” he added.
“The quality of the tennis, the crowd support and the uncertainty of victory after waiting 77 years made it a thrilling and nerve-racking experience.
“He beat the No. 1 seed, so there is no reason why he couldn’t repeat the success in future years.”
Mr. Sutton may be brilliant at swimming, cycling and running, but when it comes to tennis that is an entirely different matter.
“I have never been able to make the ball do what I want it to do, so it doesn’t matter how inspired I am by Murray’s victory; I won’t be rushing out to buy a tennis racket,” he said.
Steve Abbott hails from Bedfordshire, north of London. He is one of Cayman’s best cyclists noted for his long training rides, but he was able to stay off his bike long enough to take in the excitement.
“I thought ‘brilliant’ and ‘finally’ when Murray won,” he said. “After training on the bike in the morning, I switched on the TV at home to watch the third set and cranked up the surround sound to get some idea of the atmosphere at Wimbledon.
“Now that he has won a grand slam, he will have the confidence to win more.
However, the pressure is huge to win Wimbledon, so I am going to say no I don’t think he can do it again.
“If I were 20 years younger, then I might be inspired to take up tennis.
“I remember dreaming of being Wimbledon champ when playing as a kid during lunch break at school. Our concrete school playgrounds were transformed into tennis courts every summer.
“In the UK, when I was growing up, Wimbledon was a hugely popular event watched by all the kids and they would try and emulate the tennis the very next day at school.”