WIMBLEDON, England — Just a few hours after becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years, Andy Murray threw on a tuxedo Sunday and joined women’s winner Marion Bartoli at the champions ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel in London.
Bob and Mike Bryan (who won men’s doubles), Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-wei (women’s doubles) and Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic (mixed doubles) also earned invites to the party.
The men’s and women’s champions no longer have the first dance, but Murray was still looking forward to celebrating with Bartoli.
“She’s a very, very nice girl,” Murray said beforehand. “I’ve spent little bits of time with her over the last few years. She works extremely hard. A lot of people kind of questioned her sort of methods, the ways that she plays. I was really, really happy for her that she managed to win yesterday. I’m sure she’ll be good fun tonight. She’s a funny girl.”
Based on Bartoli’s morning-after tweet, it sounds like they had a great time.
Check out more photos from the party.
Andy Murray with his parents, Judy and William: The happy parents of two Wimbledon champions. Andy’s older brother, Jamie, won the mixed title in 2007. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli: She spent her day cheering for Mladenovic in the mixed doubles final, then threw on a dress for the ball. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray and Kim Sears: The couple have been together for nearly eight years. (Karwai Tang/Wire Image/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli and her father, Walter: The Frenchwoman was able to do something Monica Seles, after whom Bartoli’s father modeled her game, could not do: win Wimbledon. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Ivan Lendl and Andy Murray: Murray’s coach was never able to win Wimbledon. This is the next best thing. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy and Judy Murray: Judy told the BBC that she never wears dresses, but she’d make an exception after her son won Wimbledon. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Marion Bartoli; Mike and Bob Bryan: While Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title, the Bryan brothers collected their 15th. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli: Murray welcomes the newest member of the All England Club. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)