Andy Murray began the defence of his Wimbledon title with a standing ovation and left Centre Court to another one after a straightforward first-round win over David Goffin.
The queue for Centre Court tickets had been full before it even officially opened as excitement about Murray’s return to the All England Club united the country once more.
And his opening match proved to be the perfect way to calm the butterflies for Murray and his fans alike as the third seed wrapped up a 6-1 6-4 7-5 victory in two hours and two minutes.
Even those in the Royal Box stood to acclaim Murray (below) as he walked out to open the tournament on the main show court, the privilege of the reigning men’s champion.
He relished his welcome, saying: “It was nice. It brought back a lot of good memories. It’s nice to walk out to a full crowd for the first match.
“I got a nice round of applause.
“Last year was the best memory I’ve had but I’ve had a lot of tough moments on that court as well so there’s a lot of things I think about.”