Wimbledon: Nicola Sturgeon joins star-studded Andy Murray crowd

Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell look on to Centre Court  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images).

Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell look on to Centre Court (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images).

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Andy Murray walked out to raucous cheers as he took to Centre Court in an bid to secure his second Wimbledon title.

The 29-year-old acknowledged the crowd before putting on his game face to take on Canada’s Milos Raonic.

Excited fans filled the Centre Court, some in Union flag outfits, and others paying a nod to the Scot’s heritage by wearing tartan caps.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined David Cameron and his mother Mary in the Royal Box for the match.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Hollywood stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper and his model girlfriend Irina Shayk were in their seats in the box to see the players walk onto court.

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Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk in the royal box.

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk in the royal box.

When she visited the All England Club on ladies’ semi-finals day, Kate revealed that Prince George already has a tennis racket and has taken a shine to the sport.

Also in the Royal Box on Sunday were London mayor Sadiq Khan, and a host of former tennis stars who including three-time champion Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg, along with Chrissie Evert and Roy Emerson.

In Murray’s home town of Dunblane, heavy, persistent rain did not stop locals venturing out to watch the much-anticipated final and root for their tennis hero.

At Dunblane Sports Club people were installed in rows of chairs in front of a large screen, a stone’s throw away from the outdoor courts where Murray and brother Jamie practised as youngsters.

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall take their seats. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall take their seats. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Tennis coach at the club, Cameron McMillan, said: “I think he’s got a great chance.

“He’ll be very professional, he won’t take anything for granted, and one thing Andy does really well is he makes you play that one more ball, and I think that’s going to be the key to this match.

“The excitement here certainly builds up over the two weeks of Wimbledon and today it all comes together.

“It should be a great day, win or lose.”

Kim Sears, the wife of Britain's Andy Murray waits for the start of the men's singles final match. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Kim Sears, the wife of Britain's Andy Murray waits for the start of the men's singles final match. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

After a week of blue skies and warm weather the start to the final day of Wimbledon was also blighted by light rain.

But fans, many of whom queued for days for the chance to take prime spot on Henman Hill to watch the match, could be in for a “Super Sunday”.

Heather Watson is hoping for glory in the mixed doubles, while wheelchair player Gordon Reid added the inaugural Wimbledon men’s singles title to the doubles crown on won on Saturday with fellow Brit Alfie Hewett.

Britain’s Jordanne Whiley is also aiming for success in the final of the ladies’ wheelchair doubles.

There appeared to be an increased police presence at the All England Club on Sunday, with more visible armed officers patrolling and colleagues with explosive search dogs at one of the main entrances.

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British actor Benedict Cumberbatch sits next to his wife Sophie Hunter in the royal box Picture: AFP/Getty Images

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch sits next to his wife Sophie Hunter in the royal box Picture: AFP/Getty Images

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Downton Abbey's Lily James (C) sits in the royal box on centre court before the men's singles final match. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Downton Abbey's Lily James (C) sits in the royal box on centre court before the men's singles final match. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister David Cameron looks on with his mother, Mary Cameron  .  (Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Prime Minister David Cameron looks on with his mother, Mary Cameron . (Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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