Major tennis stars have visited Manchester’s AO Arena for the Davis Cup.
After winning the Davis Cup match on the court and witnessing a surprise appearance by a Manchester United player, Sir Andy Murrary sobbed.
This week, the Davis Cup group stages have been held at Manchester’s AO Arena. Australia, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, and other competitors are vying for a position in the finals. Murray made his debut on Friday when Great Britain faced Switzerland.
Leandro Riedi, 21, was defeated by the Wimbledon champion in front of a large audience at the arena. In typical Murray fashion, the victory was a bit of a rollercoaster, with the 36-year-old dropping the opening set before fighting back to win the next two.
After the match, Murray spoke to the crowd about some amusing, Manchester-specific incidents he had this week before the on-court reporter called his attention to a 90-year-old spectator in the crowd who was watching her maiden tennis match.
Murray broke down in tears and gave her a gift. I’m having a difficult day today, he said. Actually, my grandmother’s funeral is today. I apologize to my family for being unable to attend. That one is for you, Gran.
Tom Heaton, the goalkeeper for Manchester United, was photographed taking pictures courtside while in the crowd. The last day of competition this weekend, which will feature Great Britain vs. France, is already sold out. Many people will be expecting to see Murray compete once again in Manchester.
The two top-ranked teams from the Manchester match will advance to the Davis Cup finals, which will be held in Malaga this November, when the game is over on the court.