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Picture of the week: Murray so hot under Wimbledon sun

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 04/07/2015

Tennis champion Andy Murray pumps his fist on Wimbledon's Number One Court after he easily despatches Robin Haase to reach the third round of the famous tournament
Tennis champion Andy Murray pumps his fist on Wimbledon's Number One Court after he easily despatches Robin Haase to reach the third round of the famous tournament

Tennis champion Andy Murray pumps his fist on Wimbledon's Number One Court after he easily despatches Robin Haase to reach the third round of the famous tournament.

Sweltering weather resulted in record-breaking temperatures in the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London's SW19 on Thursday as the mercury went past 40 degrees Celsius on Centre Court.

But the Scotsman barely broke a sweat as he sent the Dutchman for an early shower in just 87 minutes.

It's just as well he didn't have time to perspire much - one of the wristbands Murray wore during the match ultimately ended up in the hands of the Duchess of Cornwall after the tennis champ threw it into the crowd.

Both temperatures and tensions will be rising today as Murray meets Italian Andreas Seppi, ranked 27th in the world. The UK and beyond will avidly be following the Great British Hope as he progresses through the tournament this year.

All will be waiting for a repeat of 2013's triumph, when Murray beat Novak Djokovic in an epic final. As he lifted the trophy, he became the first Briton to do so since Fred Perry's win 77 years earlier.

With a career that started at the age of just three, Andy Murray (28) has become a superstar in the world of tennis. Thanks to his tennis coach mother, Judy, Murray entered his first tournament at just five years old.

He has to date reached the finals of no fewer than nine Grand Slam tournaments, with the 2012 US Open title under his belt as well as his Wimbledon win. He also gained silver and gold medals in the London 2012 Olympic games.

No matter what happens at Wimbledon, it's already been a big year for Murray as he tied the knot with his long-term fiancee, Kim Sears, in April.

The couple married in the cathedral of Andy's home town Dunblane and emerged to crowds lining the streets to wish them well.

The new Mrs Murray is expected to take up her habitual position as a spectator when Andy takes to the court for his match today.

KERRY McKITTRICK

Belfast Telegraph

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