Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wimbledon: Belfast City Hall pulls the plug before Andy Murray's final set

Scot Andy Murray reacts as Championships' referee Andrew Jarrett explains a decision
Scot Andy Murray reacts as Championships' referee Andrew Jarrett explains a decision
Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland
Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05:  Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand during the Gentlemen's Singles semi-final match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Andy Murray's gripping Wimbledon semi-final came to a premature end for some tennis fans in the city centre last night as the council switched off the City Hall big screen just before the final set.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council told the Belfast Telegraph the gates "always close at 9pm unless an event has been advertised".

Second seed Murray beat Polish player Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 in a thrilling display of sporting excellence to reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final.

The Scotsman now faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men's final on Sunday.

Around 100 people were watching the match on the big screen in the grounds of Belfast City Hall yesterday but they had to leave as the gates were closed and the plug was pulled.

Andreas Alm, a teacher from Sweden, was among those left to make their way home.

"I would have liked to stay on a little longer to watch the game," he said.

"I'm cheering for Murray.

"He was in difficulties but came back strong."

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