Jamie Murray ensured there was one member of the family on the honours board at Wimbledon this year and was delighted he responded to a texted plea from Martina Hingis.
His younger brother Andy, the defending singles champion, was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Jamie left me hanging overnight. I was like, Oh, my God, did he read it (her text). I was hoping for a yes. I’m not used to no! It worked out… definitely Martina Hingis
But Jamie and Hingis lifted the mixed doubles crown with a 6-4 6-4 Centre Court triumph over unseeded defending champions Heather Watson, the British No.2, and Finn Henri Kontinen.
Murray said: “I wouldn’t have played if Martina hadn’t texted me. It was just a great opportunity for me to play and to really feel like you could do good things on the court and have a great shot to win.
“I mean, the (men’s) doubles for me is obviously my biggest goal of the year. It’s going to take something pretty special to kind of maybe potentially take my eye off the ball with it.
“But like I said, it was a great opportunity. I mean, she’s won everything, won so many mixed as well. Like, I knew I could do well with her. For me, it was kind of an easy decision.”
His second All England mixed crown came ten years after he combined with Serb Jelena Jankovic.
The 31-year-old said: “The first time, it was the first time I ever played mixed doubles. I was young, first year playing on the tour. I guess I don’t know. Just different. Like it’s ten years later. Obviously took me a long time to get a second one.
“But I really enjoyed the whole week. It’s a great achievement. Any time you win a Grand Slam, get your name up on the board again, it’s there forever, no one will take it away from you.”
He revealed his brother was there. Murray said: “I just saw him there. He said he came, like, in the middle of the first set. I think he just waited in the lockers. He said he didn’t watch it. I don’t know if he snuck a few points in or not.”
The pair, who only got together shortly before the tournament, edged a tight contest, in which they gained advantage from breaking the Watson serve three times.
Hingis, who celebrated a 17th Grand Slam and was Wimbledon singles champion in 1997, was delighted she sent Murray the message to make it a Swiss double after Federer’s eighth singles triumph which proceeded the mixed encounter.
She said: “Jamie left me hanging overnight. I was like, Oh, my God, did he read it (her text). I was hoping for a yes. I’m not used to no! It worked out… definitely.”
Murray added: “A good decision for both of us.”
Watson said: “It’s been a great tournament all around. I’m so happy to reach the final again with Henri in the mixed. Very pleased with how my singles have gone over this whole grass court season. I’m very happy and looking forward to some rest now.”