• Wimbledon

Overlooked Wade full of praise for Murray

ESPN staff
July 11, 2013
Virginia Wade is relaxed about her own Wimbledon win being overlooked © Getty Images

Virginia Wade, the last Brit before Andy Murray to win a singles title at Wimbledon, has insisted she is not offended at being forgotten by a number of people in the aftermath of the Scot's historic win.

Murray, 26, became the first British man in 77 years to win the singles title at the All England Club, after he beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in three sets on Sunday.

But many high-profile figures and media outlets seemed to overlook Wade's 1977 victory in the women's competition when paying tribute to Murray - referring to the two-time grand slam winner as the first domestic champion of any gender at SW19 since 1936.

Prime Minister David Cameron was one such offender - but Wade was magnanimous when asked about her place in history becoming somewhat ignored.

"As for the repeated statement that Britain had not had a Wimbledon champion for 77 years, I know it's not technically correct, but there is such hyperbole over the well-deserved win for Andy, and I really don't want to try to get in on the act," Wade told the New York Post.

"I think he did fantastically well, and knowing how hard it is to get that win at Wimbledon for a Brit, I definitely salute and congratulate him.

"At least now the pressure is over, and maybe by next year there will be some normalcy back."

A number of other Brits have been involved in Wimbledon successes in recent times - with Andy's older brother, Jamie, winning the mixed doubles title alongside Jelena Jankovic in 2007.

Jonny Marray, alongside partner Frederik Nielsen, also won the men's doubles crown in 2012.

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