It may have taken 77 years, but for tennis fans across the Fylde coast it was well worth the wait as Andy Murray was crowned Wimbledon champion at last.
Despite soaring summer temperatures, fans packed into pubs, clubs and bars yesterday to watch the Scot seal a straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic at the All England Club.
In doing so, Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title.
Watching on at South Shore Tennis club were friends Oliver Roberts, 28, Mike Lambourne, 29 and William Thackray, 25.
Oliver said: “It really was a stunning performance. It looked extremely hot down there on court and for him to come through in three sets was a testament to his performance and stamina. To beat the world number one like that was a brilliant effort.”
After a gruelling three hours and 10 minutes in temperatures exceeding 40C, Britain’s new champion roared in delight before sinking to his knees on the centre court turf as the emotion of the victory swept over him.
In Blackpool town centre, fellow Scot Peter Maguire, 34, from Glasgow, watched the match in Yates’ Bar.
He said: “It was a truly astonishing performance.
“I fancied him to win today and he really stepped up and delivered.”
Hugh Ralston, 66, from Catbridge in Scotland added: “In the last 12 to 18 months his game has gone onto a different level – Olympic and US Open champion, now Wimbledon winner – what achievements.”