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LONDON — Celebs, British or otherwise, cheered Scottish tennis star Andy Murray‘s triumph on Sunday at London’s famous Wimbledon tournament. His three-set victory over Novak Djokovic meant the first British Wimbledon men’s singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Among the tennis fans seen in the Wimbledon stands Sunday during the BBC’s live coverage were Hollywood star Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler, who just like Murray is Scottish and was repeatedly shown cheering him on.
The Wimbledon men’s final also attracted other high-profile Brits, including Victoria Beckham, soccer star Wayne Rooney and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Talent manager and Idol franchise creator Simon Fuller, who manages Murray as head of XIX Entertainment, was also in the Wimbledon stands. Others took to Twitter following Murray’s win.
“Oh my God. What a match, what a player. Inspiring a Nation. Andy Murray!! Ya Beauty,” tweeted Ewan McGregor.
Author Salman Rushdie said: “Andy Murray, first Briton to win Wimbledon wearing shorts! (77 yrs ago Fred Perry wore long trousers.) Bravo Andy! Great shorts! And shots!”
Author and comedian Stephen Fry quipped: “So happy I did a little wee.”
And Victoria Beckham tweeted: “Congratulations to @andy_murray and his family. Wonderful day at #wimbledon!! So proud to be British! X vb.”
Even Hugh Grant chimed in. “A propos of nothing in particular, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that I’m Scottish,” he tweeted.
Congratulations also came from fellow tennis stars. “Pretty sure @andy_murray might have to change his twitter name to @sirandymurray…Well played and deserved!” tweeted Andy Roddick.
Music star Cliff Richard and TV star/chef Gordon Ramsay had expressed hope before the match that Murray would win.
“It’s hard to tell who is going to win, but my heart says please let him have it this time, because he is good enough to win it,” Richard told ITV.
And Ramsay tweeted: “Good luck today @andy_murray. Fingers crossed. #wimbledon”
“I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon, so I hope you enjoyed it,” Murray told the BBC after his victory.
Several places in London, including bars and shopping centers, had shown the final on big screens for free. For example, hundreds of people were shown in TV reports following the game on a screen near Tower Bridge. And at Victoria’s Cardinal Place shopping center, restaurants sold refreshments throughout the day and drew a crowd with the final, ITV reported.
In Wimbledon itself, large crowds were shown turning out on a scorching-hot day on the so-called Murray Mount to watch the action on a giant screen.
Security staff told supporters around midday that there was no space left on the mount but directed them to another screen that had been set up on court two, ITV reported.
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