ANDY MURRAY has been haunted all his career by a man he never met.
But, at last, after 77 years Murray and British tennis are finally free of the ghost of Fred Perry.
Still shellshocked after his historic and brilliant triumph over Novak Djokovic, Muzza said: “It’s a weird one. Fred Perry is someone I never met but it’s a name I’ve heard so much during my career.
“He’s someone I’ve spoken about to a lot of people. I’ve met members of his family — and I used to wear his gear. It’s a shame I never met him.
“For the last four or five years it has been very tough, very stressful and a lot of pressure.
“It’s so hard to avoid everything because of how big this event is but also because of the history and no Brit having won.
“The few days before Wimbledon are really difficult because it is just everywhere you go.
“I felt a little bit better this year than I did last year. I think now it will become easier.