Andy Murray claimed top rank in men's tennis on Saturday in rather anti-climactic fashion, after his opponent Milos Raonic withdrew from their semi-final clash at the Paris Masters. The Briton's rise to the top has been absolutely delightful to witness. He has now capped his 11-and-a-half year professional career with the top spot, something that Novak Djokovic had held on to for over four years.
Murray's achievements are a testament to hardwork, grit and determination, and his family, fellow players and well-wishers all came out in droves to congratulate him on his incredible achievement.
Mother Judy Murray put up a heartfelt and nostalgic post about his early days:
You've come a long way baby pic.twitter.com/VEIVl6NsxA
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 5, 2016
Former World No 1 Roger Federer welcomed Murray to the club
We have a new king in town. Congrats Sir @andy_murray
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 5, 2016
Cyclist Chros Hoy called Murray the greatest ever Scottish sportsperson
Congratulations to @andy_murray on becoming World no.1. For me, Scotland's greatest ever sportsperson.
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) November 5, 2016
The tennis fraternity knew what it takes to ascend to the top
Congrats to @andy_murray on being the new world number 1! Much deserved accomplishment for him, and glad he got there. Long time coming !
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) November 5, 2016
Congratulations @andy_murray on No.1! You worked so hard to get there the looong way. You are a true inspiration!
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) November 5, 2016
French tennis player Amelie Mauresmo, who coached Murray for nearly two years:
@andy_murray = World number 1 !
So well deserved for this great man...
Well done Andy and team Murray !
— AmelieMauresmo (@AmeMauresmo) November 5, 2016
A remarkable journey of heartbreak, perseverance, hard work and success to make it to #1. Well done Andy. Never stopped believing & pushing.
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) November 5, 2016
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) November 5, 2016
What @andy_murray has achieved in the sport of tennis with the weight of British expectation on his shoulders is nothing short of Herculean
— Liam Broady (@Liambroady) November 5, 2016
He's got there!!!! The New World Number 1!!!! What an achievement, what a player..well done Andy no one deserves it more...#letsdothis
— jamie delgado (@DelgadoJamie) November 5, 2016
@andy_murray u the man
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) November 5, 2016
Former England footballer Gary Linekar also acknowledged Murray's feat
Congratulations to @andy_murray on becoming World number one. A phenomenal achievement in a truly global sport, in its most competitive era.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 5, 2016
While TV pundit Rob Koenig went a step further and wondered how would the title 'Sir' appear before Murray's name
— Rob Koenig (@RobKoenigTennis) November 5, 2016
Andy freakin Murray!!! It's about damn time... 😉 World #1 babyyy #oosh
— Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) November 5, 2016
— Sorana Cirstea (@sorana_cirstea) November 5, 2016
No better person to be #1 . Genuine, incredibly hard working, humble, down to earth, sincere person and great bloke. Congrats @andy_murray
— Matt Ebden (@mattebden) November 5, 2016
with inputs from AFP