After winning his second Wimbledon title, Andy Murray said he was determined to enjoy it more than his maiden victory – and he was true to his word, partying into the night at an exclusive London club.
Hours after thrilling people across the country by beating Milos Raonic in straight sets, the world number two surprised revellers by showing up at Drama, on Park Lane, in Mayfair, which appropriately bills itself as a “place for those who seek to thrill and shock”.
After the formality of the champions’ dinner, where he appeared clad in dinner suit with his team and family, Murray was able to let his hair down in more relaxed surroundings.
A photograph posted on Twitter by the Drama DJ Lohrasp Kansara showed a beaming and relaxed Murray with jacket and bow tie discarded, and Murray’s wife, Kim, dancing enthusiastically in the background.
Kansara also posted a video from his DJ set in which he announced the Scot’s presence to revellers to the accompaniment of the Star Wars theme tune and people holding fire torches in the air. He said: “We’ve got surprise guests in the building tonight. We’ve got the Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, in the motherfucking house.”
Among the other guests Kansara said were at the club were members of One Direction, the US rapper Young Thug and the Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez, fresh from finishing sixth in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Murray had earlier told the BBC’s Sue Barker that there would be “no dancing for me tonight” when asked whether he would follow in the footsteps of the 2015 singles’ champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who took to the floor together at last year’s dinner, re-establishing a tradition that had been abandoned.
“I think it [the tradition] can go into retirement again,” Murray told Barker. “The next winners can try it again, but no dancing for me tonight – unless I have had a few glasses of champagne, then it’s possible.”
The 29-year-old is teetotal but after his first Wimbledon triumph is said to have taken a swig and proclaimed it “disgusting”.
On Monday 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 team, it was good fun.”
After Sunday’s match, Murray said: “Last time [I won the Wimbledon title] it was just pure relief, and I didn’t really enjoy the moment as much, whereas, I’m going to make sure I enjoy this one more than the others.”
He said on Monday that he was unlikely to play in Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia this week, but if he did not he would still probably travel with the team to offer his support.
After the best British performance at any Wimbledon championships since 1937, Murray was joined at the champions’ dinner by, among others, Heather Watson, a winner in the mixed doubles, and Jordanne Whiley, a victor in the women’s wheelchair doubles.
Having won a historic 22nd grand slam singles title, equalling Steffi Graf’s open era record, Williams, who danced with Djokovic to Saturday Night Fever last year, was back at the dinner.
Like Murray, she later spent the night partying, in her case at Tape nightclub in London with her friend Lewis Hamilton, who was celebrating winning the British Grand Prix.
This article was written by Haroon Siddique, for theguardian.com on Monday 11th July 2016 14.19 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010