Andy Murray may have become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 on Sunday, but the cameras couldn’t seem to get enough of his girlfriend, Kim Sears.
Just one year after losing to Roger Federer in the final round of the 2012 Wimbledon tournament, Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets, ending his country’s 77-year drought in the process. "I still can't believe it," Murray told reporters after the momentous victory. "Can't get my head around that."
With Murray’s long-awaited victory at Wimbledon sealed, the 26-year-old sprinted to the stands to embrace Sears, his longtime girlfriend. Sears was a fixture on the event’s television broadcast, with cameras capturing her reactions at every critical point in the match.
Murray and Sears have reportedly been dating for the last seven years, meeting when they were each just 18 years old. The Daily Mail reports that the couple has lived together since 2010, though Murray’s hectic tennis schedule forces him and Sears to spend a good deal of time apart.
“It has been getting close to eight years that we have been together,” Murray told ITV’s Holly Willoughby of his relationship with Sears. “She has been with me since the second time I played Wimbledon, just after the first summer I played.”
According to The Telegraph, Murray celebrated his first-ever professional tournament win—the 2006 SAP Open—by rushing into the stands and embracing Sears. The daughter of an English tennis coach, the 25-year-old Sears was described by "Who & Whom" as a painter, actress, and artist.
Could wedding bells soon be in the air for Murray and Sears? Willoughby posed the question shortly after his Wimbledon win, but the 26-year-old remained decidedly coy about the possibility of marriage. “I only met you like 10 minutes ago so I wouldn’t be telling you first,” Murray told Willoughby. However, he didn’t deny the possibility, adding “you never know.”