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Sports Stars Who Cry

Updated on July 16, 2014

After the recent Wimbledon mens singles final Andy Murray had great difficulty in conducting his post match interview on TV without crying. Whether from disappointment at losing after maybe thinking he had a big chance of winning a major tournament for the first time or the emotion of a country putting all their hopes onto him, he was just the latest in a long line of sports stars who have cried after a big event. Here is Murray and a few other famous faces once the tears start.

Murrays opponent in that final was Roger Federer and he has also been known to show a lot of tears himself. Here he is crying after losing the Australian open final To Rafa Nadal in 2009.

Roger Federer

Also in tennis, Jana Novotna was inconsolable as she threw away the Wimbledon final in 1993 against Steffi Graf. She had almost got the trophy in her grasp but seized up towards the end and gifted the trophy to Graf.

Jana Novotna

In the 1990 World Cup a lot of people had noticed Paul Gascoigne and thought he had a good tournament, but it was really only after crying in the semi final that the real celebrity of Gazza took over and even people who didn't know much about football now knew him. He was playing in the semi final for England v West Germany and got booked which meant he would miss the next game which could still have been the final. He was inconsolable. In tears and seemingly in a daze for minutes.


In the 2008 European Champions League final which had finished level and was now in a penalty shoot out Chelsea captain stepped forward to take his kick. If he scored Chelsea were champions. But just as he was about to strike the ball he slipped and his shot hit the post. A couple of minutes later and opponents Manchester United had won. Then Terrys tears really began.

John Terry

British athlete Derek Redmond was reckoned to have a decent chance of a medal in the 400 metres in the 1992 Olympics. But in his semi final race he pulled up sharply with a hamstring injury, but rather than just stop he was walking round the track and then his father appeared on the track to help him. The 2 of them staggered round very slowly. Derek was in tears but at least got to finish this race.

Derek Redmond


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      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks christyWrites.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I suppose emotions start when it is a moment you have been planning for and it comes to an end with the flourish of the win! Your title caught my eye - a creative subject here!


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