Front Pages Around the World Celebrate Andy Murray's Wimbledon Championship

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Front Pages Around the World Celebrate Andy Murray's Wimbledon Championship

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    Andy Murray's victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon Championships was a magical sports moment for Great Britain, and its impact was felt globally.

    London hosts the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, and for the first time in 77 years, a British player lifted the trophy. Not since Fred Perry's win in 1936 had the United Kingdom laid claim to the title.

    When a Scottish man finally reached the top, it was a historic achievement, newsworthy around the world.

    In an age when the Internet and social media like Twitter dominate our attention, there is still something special about a traditional newspaper headline and photograph. It speaks to the significance of events.

    We took a trip around the planet to demonstrate the magnitude of Murray's grass-court exploits.

     

    *Front pages gathered via Newseum.org

El Heraldo, Barranquilla, Colombia

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 4,974 miles

    South America was keenly aware of Andy Murray's accomplishments, as El Heraldo in Barranquilla, Colombia noted the historic triumph.

    In a country where soccer and baseball are king, tennis stole the headlines on July 8 due to the compelling and inspiring nature of the story.

De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 227 miles

    De Volkskrant in Amsterdam, Netherlands captured one of the best moments of Murray's post-match celebration.

    On his way up the stands to greet his family, he turned briefly for a gratifying fist-pump to the entire stadium.

The Cape Times, Capetown, South Africa

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 6,010 miles

    Although they're on the other side of Africa, the people of Cape Town were well aware of the magnitude of Murray's victory.

    The side caption reads, "Murray buries Wimbledon ghost," and the picture to the right displays the relief of a man who has conquered an entire kingdom's tennis demons.

The News-Press, Fort Myers, Florida

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    Distance From Wimbledon: 4,458 miles

    "Murray Mania" is the perfect term to describe the kind of joy expressed in London and beyond after Murray clinched Wimbledon.

    Words like "celebration" and "party" don't quite do it justice. "Mania" is much more accurate.

La Razon, Mexico City, Mexico

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    Distance From Wimbledon: 5,554 miles

    Murray and his prized Wimbledon trophy took over the nameplate of La Razon in Mexico City.

    It's not often you see a tennis player dominating the the very front of a newspaper like that. 

The Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore, India

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 5,000 miles

    Cricket might be the sport of choice in India, but an English-language newspaper in Bangalore gave a good old-fashioned "hip, hip, Murray."

    You can bet those cheers are still echoing through the streets of London.

Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 600 miles

    The relief illustrated here by Politiken is more than just the exhale after a grueling three-set battle.

    It's 77 years of British shortcomings lifting off the shoulders of Murray, who bore the weight of the kingdom up until the very last point.

The Himalayan Times, Kathmandu, Nepal

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 4,565 miles

    Even in Nepal, Andy Murray is king.

    The capital, Kathmandu, focuses primarily on soccer, cricket and swimming, but like many other publications on July 7 and 8, tennis took center stage.

    The city has been established since the 900s, so they know when to tip their cap to a worldwide sporting accomplishment.

USA Today, McLean, Virginia

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 3,667 miles

    No Yasiel Puig. No LeBron James. No Dwight Howard. No Aaron Hernandez.

    The baseball, football and basketball stars of America took a backseat to Andy Murray. And deservedly so. His tennis accomplishments dwarf the stories of most sports figures nowadays in the United States.

The New York Times, New York, NY

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 3,460 miles

    New Yorkers appreciate the importance of a pressure-packed situation, and The New York Times made sure to pay homage to the conquest.

    On newsstands outside the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Yankee Stadium, a Scottish tennis player shined brightest on the front page.

The Guardian, London, United Kingdom

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 7 miles

    London's The Guardian kept things simple and sweet.

    Murray had won the U.S. Open and an Olympic gold medal before, but his Wimbledon title makes him a tennis "champion" in the truest sense of the word.

The Herald, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

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    Distance from Wimbledon: 348 miles

    Andy Murray's birthplace of Glasgow, Scotland was certainly proud of its tennis star.

    His victory was a source of pride and gratification for all of Great Britain, but most specifically for the Scottish, who are thrilled that their man is the one who made history for the kingdom.

    He'll forever be a hero in his hometown and the rest of the U.K.

     

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