Wimbledon 2013: Andy Murray's triumph had a world of difference from Fred Perry's win

The wins were 77 years apart

From now on Fred Perry and Andy Murray will be forever linked as the men who made history. But they followed very different paths on their way to becoming the Wimbledon champion.

Here is how Fred’s path to glory at SW19 was definitely not the same as Andy’s:

Fit for the challenge

Perry trained with the Arsenal football team to gain match fitness. He reckoned he lapped the Highbury pitch “hundreds of thousands of times”.

Murray spends several weeks at the end of the year in Florida as part of a  demanding fitness regime – when it is supposed to be the tennis off-season.

Get your kit sorted

Perry believed that being immaculately turned out on court instilled a sense of purpose.

Murray was asked recently what Fred Perry might say to him if he were alive today. He suggested Perry might  remark: “Why are you not wearing  my kit?”

Fanzone

Perry said: “Shaking hands made me lose the feeling in my fingers.”

Murray makes a lot of time for his fans, most of whom want autographs from him or a photograph taken with him.

Watch and learn

Perry said: “Watching a match  before going on court is always distracting.”

Even though Murray knows Novak Djokovic’s game inside out – they were on the juniors tour together and have been friendly rivals for years – he will have carefully studied his game before yesterday’s match.

There’s the rub

Perry said: “If you need a massage you are already clapped out.”

Massage is an important part of the modern game – Murray sometimes has one mid-match if there is a rain delay.

Teeing off

Perry said: “I relaxed before matches by pottering round a putting green.”

Murray – and brother Jamie – could have been professional golfers, according to their golf-mad dad, Willie.

Eyeing up your opponent

Perry said: “I got hotel staff at the Savoy to tell me what my opponent [Gottfried von Cramm] ate and how he slept.”

Murray probably knows everything there is to know about Djokovic.

Royal male

Perry said: “I doffed my cap when I met their majesties” [King George V and Queen Mary at Wimbledon in 1934], when they invited him into the royal box to watch the women’s final with them.

Murray has keen fans in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who would surely have been in the  royal box yesterday had they not  had another big event on their minds.

Peel me a cucumber

Perry said: “The best way to eat a cucumber is peel it, pour vinegar, salt and pepper over it, and throw it out of a window.”

Murray’s diet is rich in sushi, steak and greens, and he does not like alcohol.

However, he reportedly got  rather drunk on Champagne after he won the US Open last September and ended up mistakenly using face cream to brush his teeth, so who knows what happened last night...

With grateful thanks to Jon Henderson for extracts from ‘The Last Champion: The Life of Fred Perry’

Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution