Andy Murray Wimbledon: Fans at Festival Square

Hundreds of fans are expected to watch Andy Murray on the giant screen. Picture: Kate Chandler
Hundreds of fans are expected to watch Andy Murray on the giant screen. Picture: Kate Chandler
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MURRAY-mania is set to descend on the Capital today, with hundreds of fans expected to flock to Festival Square in the hope of watching Andy Murray reach the Wimbledon men’s final.

A record number of Scots are expected to tune in to watch the Scot take on 6ft 8 in Pole Jerzy Janowicz later today.

And good weather is expected to see huge crowds turn the area around the council’s big screen outside the Sheraton Hotel into our very own Murray Mound.

Pubs across the Capital are also gearing up for one of their busiest days of the summer so far.

The US Open winner made it through to the semi-finals after battling back from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in an epic five-set match on Wednesday. If successful he will face the winner of the other semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday – a match also to be screened on Festival Square’s giant screen.

Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “Having breezed through the opening rounds, Murray showed real character to battle back from the brink during his epic quarter-final match. This should stand him in good stead for today’s semi and, fingers crossed, Sunday’s final.

“We know now he has what it takes to win a major, so there’s no reason why he can’t do it again. I would encourage people to head to Festival Square to enjoy the matches on the big screen. I’m sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere. Good luck, Andy. We’re right behind you!”

David Marshall, Tennis Scotland CEO, said everyone at Craiglockhart Tennis Club would be rooting for Andy.

The club, where the Olympic champion often practised as a youngster, is currently hosting the Scottish Junior Open.

“Everyone is excited about the semi-final. Maybe it was exactly the match he needed. It would be wonderful if he makes it to the final, with the experience of winning a Grand Slam and an Olympic gold behind him, he’s in better shape to take the final step.

“This match will be difficult but we are all quietly confident. With the Scottish Junior Open final today, it couldn’t be a better atmosphere for it. Everybody will be trying to make sure they are next to a TV screen in the club.”

Lynn Jardine, office manager at the Three Sisters pub on Cowgate, said they expected it to be packed with Murray fans, with the match being shown on the big screen in the beer garden, Pimms being served and a special barbecue being put on.

She said: “I think the atmosphere will be fantastic. I’m sure everyone will be cheering Murray on so let’s hope he does it.”