Andy Murray had all of the United Kingdom at his feet Sunday after becoming the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon singles title.
There were interviews to do — so many, many interviews. A tuxedo to wear at the winners’ ball. Nowhere on the agenda, though, was sleep. He managed about 90 minutes of shut-eye before greeting the day as the Wimbledon champion.
“No one could really believe it and I was the same,” Murray said in a BBC 5 Live interview (via the Guardian). “You don’t want to go to sleep in case you wake up and it didn’t actually happen. I was just messaging my friends and laying in bed. It was tough to get to sleep last night.
“I’m sure I will see some of the newspapers around. I’ve some of the back pages and front pages of the newspapers this morning. I know I won Wimbledon yesterday but what it actually means – I think that will take longer than 24 hours to sink in and understand it.”
Murray spent some time taking questions on Twitter, where he revealed, among other things, that he had 11 rackets in his bag and electrolytes in his courtside drink.
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 8, 2013
It was all a bit head-spinning, what with Prime Minister David Cameron saying “I can’t think of anyone who deserves [knighthood] more.” But Murray wasn’t aware of just what kind of celebration he’d touched off until a little later.
“[A]fter the match you see some of the pictures of the hill and people watching back in [his] Dunblane [Scotland hometown] and the sports clubs, people at the Tower of London. I don’t know how many people watched yesterday on the TV – there will have been hundreds of millions across the world and that’s not really something you can grasp. That’s a strange feeling.
“When I was sat downstairs on my own when I was waiting to do drug testing, that’s when it all hit me. I just got like so tired. I felt like I hit a wall and that’s when it felt like it was all starting to sink in, all of the emotions and what I had just done.”
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Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world today despite Sunday’s win over No. 1 Novak Djokovic, plans to take a few days off before beginning to train for next month’s U.S. Open. Where he happens to be the defending champion.