Andy Murray has been congratulated by a host of celebrities after becoming the first British male to reach the Wimbledon singles final in 74 years.
Personalities from across British society took to Twitter after watching the Scot
beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals.
And others released statements backing the British number one to go one step further against Roger Federer in Sunday's final and become the first Brit to win the Wimbledon men's title since Fred Perry in 1936.
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“I know a lot of people don't like Murray. But I actually like him, mainly down to the fact nobody really likes him”
"Watching truly great sportsmen is so uplifting! Not just the immense skill, but the heart!!" said
former England striker Gary Lineker.
Liverpool and Scotland midfielder
Charlie Adam added:
"Well done Andy Murray. A true Scotsman."
Adam was not the only proud sporting Scot. Scotland rugby international
Rory Lawson tweeting:
"Amazing, massive congrats to Andy Murray on reaching the Wimbledon final, the chance to rewrite the history books beckons."
"Huge congratulations to Andy Murray... hugely deserved... #shredthefed on sunday!" said Great Britain's Scottish Olympic volleyball captain
Even Scottish Secretary of State
was compelled to pass on his congratulations: "Andy Murray fully deserves his place on the greatest tennis stage of all this Sunday. Everyone across the country will be willing him on, as they have over the years. Andy Murray is already a sporting hero and now he is one win away from becoming a legend. Come on Andy!"
People of influence who took time out from their busy schedules to praise Murray's achievement included Virgin entrepreneur
Sir Richard Branson,
who told Twitter followers: "Congrats Andy Murray! Good to see a British player in the #wimbledon final, my Scottish wife will be happy!!"
Others took Murray's victory - and that of fellow Brit Jonny Marray, who reached the men's doubles final - as evidence of British tennis growing in stature. British number 14
Oli Golding said:
"Whoever said the state or British tennis was bad? Two finalists pretty sure that's more than most other countries! #comeongb."
Ahead of his own big match against US fighter Danny Garcia next weekend, boxer
tweeted: "@andy-murray well done mate, what a performance, done everyone proud! Now go and win it!"
Murray 'relieved & excited' by final
"He had a dream path to the final and I'd say he has more chance against Federer than he would against Djokovic. Could this be Murray's year?" said
former England striker Michael Owen.
While London Mayor
recognised Murray's achievement
"Well done Andy Murray! Let's hope he can do in this Jubilee year what Virginia Wade did when she won in 1977 during the Silver Jubilee!"
He was not the only politician to pass on his well wishes, Labour leader
"Many many congratulations to Andy Murray. An amazing achievement after 74 years of hurt for British men's tennis at Wimbledon."
Top television personalities such as
Stephen Fry, Piers Morgan
were also excited by Murray's chances. "Oh I'm all in pieces. You beauty, Andy. I don't mind if you aren't the most cheerful person in tennis. If that's what it takes go and win!"
"Scowl and snarl your way to the Title #AndyMurray - nobody wins trophies in professional sport for possession of a cutesy smile. #BritGrit."
"Tsonga gave Murray a real test. He proved himself today. Great match."