Andy Murray thrilled a 8,000-strong crowd on Centre Court, which also saw a new British star emerge.
The 34-year-old Andy Murray, who these days sports a metal hip that is more conducive to being a Marvel superhero than a professional tennis player, suddenly and inexplicably got nervous in sight of victory.
“It’s amazing to be back playing on Centre Court in such a brilliant atmosphere,” he said. “It is something I have really missed. People keep asking me if this is my last Wimbledon, but I want to keep going.”
It was a day when Wimbledon’s iron gates finally swung open again after the 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic, yet the most heartfelt ovation wasn’t for a returning hero, Murray, or the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, but for the scientists who made it possible.
When the MC announced before play that “the leaders who have developed the anti-Covid vaccine” were in the royal box the whole of Centre Court erupted in sustained applause.