Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Wimbledon winner Jonathan Marray honoured in Sheffield

Jonathan Marray at civic reception
Image caption Friends and family of Jonathan Marray gathered at Sheffield's Town Hall for the event

Wimbledon men's doubles champion Jonathan Marray has been honoured with a civic reception in his home city of Sheffield.

He became the first British player to win the trophy in 76 years when he and Dane Frederik Nielsen beat Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau on 7 July.

Marray was joined by about 60 friends, family and civic dignitaries at a reception at Sheffield Town Hall.

Council leader Julie Dore said Marray had shown "true Sheffield grit".

Marray had never been past the third round in his previous 10 attempts in the doubles, and had to request a wildcard entry to this year's championships with recent partner Nielsen.

'Epic achievement'

Ms Dore said: "This is an historic achievement naturally for Jonathan, but also one which puts Sheffield firmly on the sporting map.

"Jonathan has shown true Sheffield grit and determination to come from relative obscurity to such high achievements.

"We hope this is a good omen and that this will be the first of many celebrations this Olympic summer as our athletes compete on the international stage."

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor John Campbell, said: "What an epic achievement by Jonathan Marray and we are delighted to be able to host a civic event in his honour.

"After all it is not every day that the city is able to welcome a Wimbledon champion home."

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