A huge roar of went up from a full house at Surbiton’s centre court this afternoon (Sunday) as the announcer declared the arrival of “Sir Andy Murray” to contest the final of the trophy that bears the town’s name. Maddeningly, eight unbroken days of brilliant sunshine ended halfway through the match, with Murray (closest to
A huge roar of went up from a full house at Surbiton’s centre court this afternoon (Sunday) as the announcer declared the arrival of “Sir Andy Murray” to contest the final of the trophy that bears the town’s name.
Maddeningly, eight unbroken days of brilliant sunshine ended halfway through the match, with Murray (closest to the camera, above) leading his Austrian opponent Jurij Rodionov 6-3, 3-1.
When the covers came off, three hours later, Murray finished the job in 10 minutes flat with a 6-2 second set to lift the trophy, having opted for the lush grass of Surbiton rather than the clay of the French Open, which was running at the same time.
When a ferocious thunder-filled deluge stopped play, Andy and wife Kim’s children were too tired to wait to see dad triumph, and were whisked back to the couple’s Leatherhead home. Judy Murray, always a staunch courtside fan of her son, cradled her two-year-old grandson Teddie before Andy’s brother Jamie brought the car around.
Roy Staniland, director of Surbiton Racket & Fitness Club in Berrylands, said he was “exceptionally happy” with the way this year’s tournament had gone.
“We had better-than-usual crowds,” he said. “We used to have to scrap around for people towards the end of the week… but not this time!”
Hollyfield School provided the ballboys and ballgirls.
Meanwhile Emma Lane, a Thames Ditton resident and brand chief of Lexus, was so chuffed with the way the competition had gone that she hinted that the car maker may extend the existing two-year sponsorship deal.
“I hope we will build a long-term partnership. The Surbiton Trophy is great; it mirrors our brand values.”
Brit Katie Swan narrowly missed making it a GB clean sweep at Surbiton after earlier being beaten in her final by the Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in a tense third-set tiebreak.
The volunteers who made the tournament possible at the popular Berrylands club were given a warm round of applause before Sir Andy received the trophy from Emma Lane.
“My wife had to take the kids home, but I hope they were watching on television,” said the champion. “This has been the perfect start to the grass season. The tournament has done an amazing job; the courts have improved since last year and huge thanks to the volunteers.”