David Cameron has sent a good luck message to tennis star Andy Murray ahead of his latest bid to win a Grand Slam.
Murray is hoping to become the first British man to triumph in one of tennis’s premier events for 75 years when he plays in the Australian Open final on Sunday.
In his message, the Prime Minister wished the Scot the “very best of luck” in overcoming Serbian rival Novak Djokovic.
“You have played incredibly well to reach the final for the second year running, and everyone back at home is very proud of you. We’ll all be cheering you on,” he wrote.
Mr Cameron – a keen tennis player himself – also joked that Murray had been helped by their practice session when he visited Downing Street last November. “I hope the volley drills we did in No 10 last year will come in useful!” he added.
Murray’s grandparents, Roy and Shirley Erskine, are facing a nervous wait in his home town of Dunblane. The pair are hoping it will be third time lucky for the 23-year-old, who has lost in two Grand Slam finals before – the 2008 US Open and last year’s Australian Open.
The last Briton to win a Grand Slam title was Fred Perry at the US Open in 1936. Mr Erskine said: “The first time Andy got to a final we had no idea what to expect but now we realise just how massive it is.
“We still haven’t decided where we will watch the game. Last year we went away to watch it with friends a few miles away. I think we want to be on our own, somewhere quiet so we can scream and shriek out loud at the TV. The nerves won’t be gone until lunchtime tomorrow when we will hopefully be celebrating a win.”
Murray secured his spot in the final after beating Spaniard David Ferrer in what he called an “unbelievably tough” test. Millions are expected to watch the match on TV after 6.3 million tuned in to last year’s Australian Open to watch Murray lose to Roger Federer.
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, said: “Now’s the day and now’s the hour! The whole of Scotland is behind you, and will be cheering you on from near and far for a famous victory.”