A Charitable Andy Murray becomes the first Brit to win Wimbledon Men’s Finals since Fred Perry, 77 years ago in 1936. Murray beat Novac Djokovic in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-4 taking full advantage of the 15000 home crowd at Wimbledon’s centre court.The final, played on 7th July 2013 in beautiful weather took 3 hours and 10 minutes and earned Murray £1.6 million in prize money.
Murray is known for his charitable gestures since donating to the The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity his entire £73,000 prize money from the Queens tournament he won just before Wimbledon. There is speculation that he may donate all or part of the Wimbledon prize to charity, he has however placed The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity logo on his sleeve which would otherwise have earned him at least £1 million if he had sold the space to commercial advertisers.
Andy Murray’s friend, tennis player and cancer sufferer Ross Hutchins also showed charitable kindness by pledging to donate “…£500 for every British singles win and £250 for every British doubles win at Queens!” according to his tweet last month
I will be donating £500 for every British singles win and £250 for every British doubles win at Queens! Come on the Brits!! #raise100k
— Ross Hutchins (@RoscoHutchins) June 10, 2013
Hutchin’s pledge has encouraged other players to follow suit…
Even happier with the win as I’ve decided to donate 10% of my prize money this week to Rally Against Cancer. Gotta keep winning!
— Colin Fleming (@colin_fleming) June 13, 2013
— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) June 16, 2013
The last British woman to win at Wimbledon was Virginia Wade in 1977. She claimed the title after beating the American, Chris Evert in the semis and then The Netherland’s Betty Stove in the finals on Wimbledon’s 100th anniversary. To mark the landmark event, she was handed the trophy by no other than Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.