Andy Murray has said he did not intend to embarrass David Cameron after the Prime Minister was booed during the Wimbledon champion's victory speech on Sunday.
It came after Mr Murray acknowledged Mr Cameron in an on-court interview as he collected his second Wimbledon title at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
As the camera panned to him, Mr Cameron managed to laugh off the moment, which was reminiscent of the chorus of boos that Chancellor George Osborne was subjected to at the 2012 London Olympics.
In a live question and answer session on Facebook, Murray said: "Did I mean to embarrass Cameron? No I certainly didn't.
"I appreciate he came to support yesterday and came to watch, and like I said afterwards it (being PM) is one of the hardest jobs in the world with lots and lots of responsibility.
"I don't envy anyone who is in a position like that - it's extremely difficult."
Mr Cameron had joined actors Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Royal Box, while the player's wife, Kim, and his mother, Judy, shouted their congratulations from his player's area. British players won five trophies during the championships' finale, taking home the silverware from every final they were in.
Murray led the charge in SW19, leaving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the other guests in the Royal Box in raptures with his straight sets victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.
But there was also triumph for Heather Watson and her Finnish partner, Henri Kontinen, in the mixed doubles, Scot Gordon Reid in the inaugural Wimbledon men's wheelchair singles, and also for Norwich teenager Alfie Hewett and Jordanne Whiley, who tasted victory in the final of the ladies' wheelchair doubles. Their achievements eclipsed those of 1936, when Fred Perry led a team of Britons to four Wimbledon titles.
On Centre Court, a partisan crowd rattled the rafters with a roar of appreciation for their hero Murray, standing together to cheer and applaud his brilliance after he claimed his third Grand Slam with victory over Raonic.
Yesterday morning he admitted he was feeling "tired" after his celebrations and was looking forward to a few days' rest. He said: "I had a rough night last night, good celebrations with the teams, it was good fun." He added the win felt "a lot nicer" than his first Wimbledon victory because he was "calmer and a lot happier".
After his win, William and Kate congratulated the 29-year-old as he held the trophy. The couple asked him about his five-month-old daughter, Sophia. William said: "How's your daughter?" Murray replied: "She's great. Last three nights slept through." The Duke suggested that had been "a good omen", and told him: "So pleased for you, well done." And Kate added: "You can relax with your family now."