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Euro 2016: Best moments of the finals

Author: Elise Thornton
by Elise Thornton
Posted: Jul 11, 2016

Britain has had its best Wimbledon in 80 years as tennis stars pick up FIVE titles.

Andy Murray broke down in tears seconds after punching the air in delight as he was crowned the king of Wimbledon for a second time on a bumper day for British sport.

Gordon Reid became the first homegrown player to win multiple titles at Wimbledon since Ann Jones won the women’s singles and mixed doubles (with Australian Fred Stolle) in 1969.

Reid, 24, capped off a dream weekend when he became the first ever men’s wheelchair singles champion, adding to Saturday’s doubles’ triumph with Alfie Hewett.

The second thing is to continue to break down barriers when it comes to disabilityand showcase the personality and the high performance of sport and not the disability."

Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner, Japan’s Yui Kamiji won their third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.

Paralympian Whiley, 24, said having singles’ and doubles’ competitions at SW19 was "massive" for wheelchair tennis, adding: "I think it’s a real historic moment.

"All the slams are complete now. This, I consider, to be ‘the slam.’ Everyone wants to win Wimbledon. For me, it’s my home."

Heather Watson and her Finnish partner Henri Kontinen closed the championships by winning the mixed doubles.

Channel Islander Heather, 24, beamed: "I’m just so freaking happy!"

The pair were playing their first tournament together and Kontinen, 26, joked: "That’s it, we’re retiring."

Watson, British women’s number two, had the last laugh over sick internet trolls who sent her a barrag

She hit out at those who slammed her online for not being "brave enough" to face her in person.

Murray, 29, sobbed into a towel after a monumental victory in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that left even his coach, ‘Iceman’ Ivan Lendl, teary eyed.

And the Centre Court crowd raised the roof when the emotional British number one laid out his love for his family in his victory speech.

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Murray was the icing on the cake as much-maligned British tennis celebrated its best tournament for 80 years.

The last time the host nation ended with so many trophies, the legendary Fred Perry landed the last of his three SW19 titles at the 1936 event.

The raft of Wimbledon wins came on the same day that Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at Silverstone, Chris Froome held on to the Tour de France’s yellow jersey and Britain’s 4x100m relay team struck gold at the European Athletics Championship.

World number two Murray lived up to his tag as the shortest priced favourite ever with the bookies as he despatched big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic.

Cheered on by Wills and Kate, he took just short of three hours to clinch his second Wimbledon title in straight sets before breaking down on Centre Court.

And his win, which banked him £2m in prize money, is set to see him join the top league of earners with experts predicting new-dad Murray will now double his already substantial income.

An emotional Murray said afterwards: "I’m going to make sure I enjoy this one a little more.

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"Last time I didn’t get the chance to enjoy it as much so I’ll make sure I enjoy this one tonight."

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