READ more about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK national papers today - Sunday, July 8, 2012.
SUNDAY TIMES: Sheffield’s Jonathan Marray, a veteran of the lower reaches of men’s tennis whose only previous experience of Wimbledon’s Centre Court was as a spectator 11 years ago, has beaten Andy Murray into the record books by becoming the first British men’s doubles champion since 1936.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Andy Murray stands on the brink of Wimbledon history - with Alex Ferguson’s good-luck wishes ringing in his ears. Also: Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title but is just happy to be alive.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Andy Murray has issued a rallying cry to the Centre Court crowd to roar him to victory against Wimbledon legend Roger Federer in today’s men’s singles final. Also: Serena Williams celebrated a fifth Wimbledon singles title having once feared she would never get off the couch again due to a life-threatening injury.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Roberto Mancini has been offered £35million to manage World Cup hosts Russia as contract talks with Manchester City drag into another week. Also: If Andy Murray wins the men’s Wimbledon final against Roger Federer on Centre Court today, he will mark the historic moment by repeating what is fast becoming his trademark celebration, looking to the heavens and pointing his fingers to the sky.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Andy Murray has called on the Centre Court crowd to get him over the finish line as he bids to end Britain’s 76-year Wimbledon hoodoo by laying the ghost of Fred Perry. Also: Bradley Wiggins, three times an Olympic champion on the track, yesterday became only the fifth British rider to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France when he finished third behind another Briton and Team Sky rider, Chris Froome, on the first mountain finish of this year’s race.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Andy Murray will be acclaimed today as a British sporting legend. Also: Robin van Persie has flown in from the Caribbean for showdown transfer talks with Arsenal.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester City are ready to plunge a dagger into Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s heart by launching a £15m bid to sign his top scorer and skipper Robin van Persie. Also: Andy Murray has issued a rallying call to the nation ahead of the Wimbledon final - declaring: ‘I need ALL of your support.’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Andy Murray will arrive in a Volkswagen Polo but a nation will be hoping that he leaves in a blaze of glory. The 25-year-old Scot, who sold his red Ferrari last year because he felt “a bit of a prat” when driving it, has been travelling to the All England Club each day for the past fortnight in a friend’s Polo. He has no intention of changing his routines as he readies himself for the biggest match of his life in this afternoon’s Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
THE OBSERVER: Andy Murray will be fighting on three fronts in the final at Wimbledon today: against Roger Federer, himself and history. Also: In a potentially decisive moment in this year’s Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to wear the fabled leader’s yellow jersey in 12 years, joining the small elite group of Britons who have led the Tour in the half-century since Tom Simpson became the first to pull on the maillot jaune.
THE PEOPLE: Andy Murray has begged the Centre Court crowd for their full support as he bids to become Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles champion for 76 years. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has landed the first dig of the new season by hinting Chelsea have made a big mistake in allowing Didier Drogba to leave.