Britain hails hero Murray

2012-09-11 13:18
Andy Murray (File)

Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka at the Arthur Ashe stadium in the women's final of the 2012 US Open. See all the pictures.

London - British leaders, tennis chiefs and former players hailed Andy Murray on Tuesday after the Scot became the first British man to win a Grand Slam in 76 years.

GALLERY: US Open men's final

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Murray's triumph in defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the US Open final was continuing Britain's "golden summer of sport" following the Olympics and Paralympics.

British tennis insiders meanwhile praised the influence of coach Ivan Lendl in turning Murray into a Grand Slam champion.

"Delighted Andy Murray is continuing a golden summer of sport by winning the US Open. A truly great victory," Cameron said on Twitter.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Murray was now a "legend" in his homeland.

"Congratulations to Andy Murray on what was a fantastic performance," he said in a statement.

"This is another brilliant win over Novak Djokovic and continues an amazing year for Andy. Now Olympic and US Open champion, Andy truly is a Scottish sporting legend and I'm certain that more grand slam titles will follow."

Roger Draper, chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, the sport's governing body in Britain, said Murray winning the Olympic men's singles gold medal last month and following it up with the US Open title was "a phenomenal achievement," he told BBC radio.

"He's done it in an era where you've got not just Roger Federer - the greatest player that's probably ever lived - but you've got Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic as well."

Former British number one Greg Rusedski, who lost in the 1997 US Open final, said Lendl had a big hand in Murray's victory.

The Scot "found a way to get it done and found a way to control his emotions.

"He can thank Ivan Lendl for that. You have to give him so much credit for what he's done, to keep believing in what he's done," he told Sky Sports television.

"It shows you what a champion he is and, having won this, he can go on to win many majors and maybe end the year as the world number one."

Former British number one Roger Taylor, 70, a four-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, added: "So much confidence has come from Andy's Olympics win and Lendl has added a great presence.

"Andy is on top of the world, very few people can beat him and now with the added confidence from the Olympics I am sure he will go on to win many grand slam titles and become number one in the world.

"Finally British tennis is back on the map."

Read more on:    us open  |  andy murray  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.