Friends and family of Andy Murray celebrated in the Briton's hometown of Dunblane on Sunday (June 7) after the world number two beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 to win the Wimbledon title.
"Do you realize that we've got two Wimbledon champions in the family now, do you realize that?" said Murray's grandfather, Roy Erskine. "That was the first thing my wife said to me when the game was finished, she said 'That's two champions'."
Murray's grandmother, Shirley Erskine, added: "Jamie (Andy Murray's brother) won the mixed doubles in 2007. We're just so thrilled for Andy. It's wonderful. "We've not missed a ball; we're just about house-bound sitting there but just so proud of him. Just thrilled, he's worked so hard and he deserves it."
Just why Britain had to wait almost eight decades to witness such scenes of unbridled patriotic joy at the spiritual home of lawn tennis was summed up by a nerve-jangling final game that dragged on for 13 agonizing minutes as Murray won and lost three match points, leaving 15,000 fans gasping in disbelief.
Fred Perry's name had haunted Murray ever since he made his Wimbledon debut in 2005 and after three hours and nine minutes of heart-pounding action on Sunday, Perry's ghost was finally laid to rest as the 26-year-old became the first British man to hoist the gilded trophy wearing shorts.
The achievement completed a remarkable 11-month run for Murray who is now the reigning Olympic, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion.