Leader: '˜Andy Murray's dedication and grit are an example to all'

What a fantastic start to what promises to be another glorious summer of sport.

Monday, 11th July 2016, 11:48 am
Updated Monday, 11th July 2016, 1:12 pm
Andy Murray poses for a photograph on centre court with the the Wimbledon trophy. Picture: PA

We might have been forced to watch football’s entertaining European Championship with thoughts of “what if...” running through our heads, but Andy Murray’s brilliant victory at Wimbledon was a triumph to savour. The Scot has surely secured his place in history as Britain’s greatest ever tennis player and one of the giants of the modern tennis world.

The way in which he secured his third grand slam title, against the 140mph serves of the towering Canadian Milos Raonic, was sublime.

And when Gordon Reid secured a Scottish double in the men’s wheelchair singles – adding to the doubles title he won alongside Alfie Hewett on Saturday – it was clear these were heady days indeed.

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Andy Murray poses for a photograph on centre court with the the Wimbledon trophy. Picture: PA

The Olympics in Rio are up next. Let’s hope there will be more glorious achievements for us to cheer there.

In the meantime, we can dwell on the joy of watching one of our sporting greats rewrite the history books.

There was one moment in particular after yesterday’s victory in which Andy revealed a lot about what the achievement meant. “I’ve had some great moments here,” he said, “but also some tough losses. The win feels extra special because of the tough losses.”

The reason perhaps above all others that he deserves our unstinting admiration is the way in which he has bounced back from so many disappointments. The sheer dedication, determination and grit that he has shown over the last year are an inspiration.

Andy Murray poses for a photograph on centre court with the the Wimbledon trophy. Picture: PA

There have been times in the past when some people have questioned how good a role model our national hero is for youngsters. There is no doubt that the qualities he has shown to achieve the heights he has are an example to us all.

Andy, we’re all so proud of you – and you too, Gordon.