Tennis: Gold medal winner Andy Murray hints at marriage proposal to long-term girlfriend Kim Sears


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Following his double Olympic win at Wimbledon yesterday, Andy Murray has hinted at proposing to his girlfriend.

The tennis ace, 25, gave a rare display of public affection for long-term girlfriend Kim Sears after clinching gold against arch rival Roger Federer, climbing up to Wimbledon Centre Court's guest box to kiss and hug her as the crowd went wild at his victory.

The couple, who have been together since they were teenagers, are extremely private about their relationship. However, asked today whether he had any plans to marry Miss Sears, 24, Murray replied: “We’ll see.”

Miss Sears has an English literature degree from the University of Sussex and runs her own animal portraits business, displaying her work on her recently launched website.

Murray, who revealed Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson sent him congratulations on his gold medal victory, said: “I have no plans to get married just now. I am still fairly young... but we’ll see.”

He said his rush to see her after the match was spontaneous. “It certainly wasn’t planned. It is just the kind of done thing.

"At Wimbledon, everybody does it, especially when it is the first time, to go up and spend that moment with the people  who are with you all the time.

“They are the guys who see what you are like after losing in a Wimbledon final, when you go home and see how tough it is. It is nice to go and celebrate those special moments with them.”

Miss Sears was 17 when she met the  Scot at the 2005 French Open and has been his loyal cheerleader all over the world. His jet-setting lifestyle led to a six-month split in 2009 but the pair now share a £5 million home in Oxshott with their two border terriers Maggie May and Rusty.

Murray also paid tribute to the “other woman” in his life, his wildcard mixed doubles partner Laura Robson, with whom he took silver yesterday.

He said: “I think she has dealt with everything unbelievably well. She’s only 18, so she has a long career ahead of her.”

Murray, defeated by Federer a month ago in the Wimbledon final, said his Olympic victory against the Swiss ace was the “biggest win of my life”, adding: “It was a long week but the most successful one of my career so far. It was a lot of fun.”

He was happy to sing the National Anthem after his emotional win.

“I tried to. I’ve got a pretty bad voice and also you’re thinking a lot of things when you’re up there. I tried to do my bit.”