Kim Clijsters, First Minister of Scotland and Others React to Andy Murray’s Spectacular Return at Wimbledon

Published 06/28/2021, 11:45 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/Paul Childs


An Andy Murray special transpired at the Centre Court in Wimbledon as he took down the 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. Although he lost the third set dramatically, Britain’s biggest hope regained and survived the first round 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

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Notably, it was the two-time Wimbledon champion’s first singles match at this event after four years. Also, Murray, who has never lost in the opening round of the Championships, kept the tradition going.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/Paul Childs

Unquestionably, the crowd inside the Centre Court and fans around the world were mesmerized by his performance. In fact, many of them took to Twitter to express their delight about Andy’s masterful return.

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After securing one break each in the first two sets, Murray looked forward to a comfortable opening-round win. However, on match points in the third set, something clicked, and the Scot hit a sudden slump.

He lost seven games in a row before finding his rhythm back in the fourth.

Amid the match, former British No.1 Greg Rusedski tweeted about Andy’s swift moment on the grass. He even enjoyed the slices and drop shots that kept Basilashvili uncomfortable throughout the encounter.

“Tactical master class from Andy Murray. Best I have seen him move in a long time. [It] Looks like his record of never losing in the opening rd Wimbledon will continue,” Rusedski tweeted.

Besides Greg, former world No.1 Kim Clijsters and Andy’s ex-coach and mother Judy Murray also fancied the victory. While Kim tweeted, “How good is it to see Andy Murray win?”, Judy responded, “The best.”

Notably, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, was also on the up and down ride of the match. She tweeted, “So brilliant to see Andy Murray back playing, and winning, on Centre Court, Wimbledon – and he’s still taking us on thrilling rollercoasters of emotion! Long may it continue! #ComeOnAndy.”

In the growing list, 1980 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Tracy Austin joined. Similar to most tennis fans, Andy revived the spirit of competition on the courts again.

She wrote, “Emotional finish to a fabulous 1st day Wimbledon. Andy Murray with a bit of a roller coaster ride but got the job done. Heart of a champion. Just loves competing!”

Furthermore, Matt Little, strength and conditioning coach to Murray and the Great Britain Davis Cup team, expressed his hype. “Ooookaaayyyy…. So that’s how it’s going to be then!! Amazing to be back watching Andy Murray on centre court!! Absolute privilege! BOOOOOOOOOOMMMM,” he tweeted.

Moreover, while Andy charmed tennis analyst Steve Weissman with his backhand lobs, the Scottish politician also enjoyed the roller coast match.

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Who will Murray face next in Wimbledon?

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray in action during his first round match against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili REUTERS/Paul Childs

The three-time Grand Slam champion, Murray, will lock horns with either qualifier Oscar Otte or Arthur Rinderknech. Their match got suspended due to rain at 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(5), 9-9 in the decider set.

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Clearly, the more these two play would eventually benefit the Englishman. Let’s see how far the Murray magic runs in Wimbledon Championships 2021.

How happy are you to see Murray back on the court?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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