Andy Murray. (Getty Images Sport)
By Matt Eppers, USA TODAY
Andy Murray admitted it was "not going to be easy" addressing the home crowd after the Wimbledon men's final.
Murray, a native of Dunblane, Scotland, fell short in his bid to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title in 76 years, losing in four sets to Roger Federer on Sunday.
Moments after taking the microphone and attempting to compose himself, Murray, voice shaking, said, "I'm going to try this and it's not going to be easy."
As Murray fought back the first tears, the ESPN camera panned the Centre Court crowd, and many fans had trouble holding back tears of their own.
After congratulating Federer on his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, Murray joked, "He's not bad for a 30-year-old."
In reference to his family and friends congregated in a corner of the stadium, Murray said, "I'm going to try and not look at them because I'll start crying again."
Great Britain's drought in the Wimbledon men's singles event goes all the way back to 1936, when Fred Perry won.
The 25-year-old Murray has consistently been ranked among the top five players in the world, but his prime has unfortunately coincided with those of Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have combined to win 33 of the last 37 Grand Slam men's singles titles, including the last 10 at Wimbledon.
"Everybody always talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon, how tough it is, but the people watching make it so much easier to play," Murray said.
"The support has been incredible, so thank you," he added before heading off to one final standing ovation.