Fred Perry's son pays tribute as Andy Murray ends 77 years of hurt

Updated: 08 July 2013 01:12 IST

Fred Perry, who died in 1995, won three straight Wimbledon titles and his son claimed he would have been proud to see Murray emulate his Wimbledon achievements.

Fred Perry's son pays tribute as Andy Murray ends 77 years of hurt

London:

Andy Murray received a glowing tribute from Fred Perry's son after finally ending Britain's 77-year wait for a male winner of the Wimbledon singles title.


Murray on Sunday defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Perry defeated Gottfried von Cramm in 1936.

David Perry, adopted by the English tennis icon in 1953, is the son of Fred's fourth wife Bobby and later ran the family's iconic sportswear business.

And after world number two Murray finally slayed the ghost of Perry on Centre Court, the 69-year-old was quick to offer his congratulations to the Scot.

"It's been 77 years. The legacy has been there but time goes on and I am thrilled that a British individual has finally won Wimbledon again," David Perry said.

"It's great for British tennis. Andy has worked his way up there. He deserves it. It's wonderful that he has won it and that he has played the way that he has.

"He has been playing beautiful tennis."

Fred Perry, who died in 1995, won three straight Wimbledon titles and his son claimed he would have been proud to see Murray emulate his Wimbledon achievements.

"I think my father would have said, 'Do you know what, it's time for somebody else to have the title'," David Perry said.

"It has been a long time. It had to come, it was just a matter of time. It's great that Andy has done it. You have to give him credit."

Perry, now living in Arizona, hopes Murray, who now has two Grand Slam crowns, can go on to approach his father's feat of winning eight majors.

"Andy is a great player," he said. "I watched the match. I am sorry it didn't go to four sets or five sets because you want a Wimbledon final to be fantastic.

"But Andy has finally got himself mentally over the line and now who knows how many he can win."



Topics : Wimbledon 2011 Wimbledon 2013 Tennis David Perry Andy Murray Novak Djokovic
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