Andy Murray – 2011 Wimbledon Final
If anyone has been very successful in uniting Great Britain for some cause in recent times, it’s Andy Murray. The Scot has become Britain’s darling after the 2012 Olympic, 2013 Wimbledon and 2015 Davis Cup wins. But Murray had to pass many hurdles before that. Some in the form of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic and some purely emotional. He had been carrying the nation’s hope as Fred Perry’s successor for too long. Every time he stepped onto the grass at Centre Court, Wimbledon, he would carry too much weight.
In 2011, he became the first male Britisher to reach the Wimbledon final since 1938. And suddenly, the whole tennis fraternity wanted him to win. Roger Federer, everyone’s favourite for so long, had lost the support to someone else. The Swiss Master though, gave away only one set in the final and took from him the Wimbledon trophy. Andy Murray was distraught. With shaking hands and voice, as he spoke, Britain’s collective lower lip trembled. He addressed the home crowd, saying “I’m going to try this and it’s not going to be easy.” Fighting back tears, the lad from Dunbane finished saying, “The support has been incredible, so thank you,”. The nation and Murray didn’t have to wait too long though, as he triumphed over Djokovic in 2013 to win the Wimbledon title.
This is one of the sportspersons speeches that made it to the list, purely on emotional value, if nothing else.