Rain or shine for Murray fans

Fans clamored to see local hero Andy Murray play in the men's final on Sunday. Sandra Harwitt

You have to admire the loyalty of tennis fans in England.

On Sunday at high noon, in the pouring rain, there was barely a slice of lawn on Henman Hill. Tennis fans without Centre Court tickets wanted to be on the grounds to watch history. They hoped the rain would stop, but were prepared to sit through the drops if necessary.

If Andy Murray had beaten Roger Federer he would have become the first Briton in 76 years to win at Wimbledon.

But Federer beat Murray for his seventh Wimbledon trophy. He increased his record of Grand Slam men's singles titles to 17.

While there were a few Swiss fans who snuck into the crowd, as expected the large majority were hoping for the Murray miracle. There even were a few gents -- obviously, Scottish gents -- who even arrived in kilts to bring Murray good luck. They were already checking out the locales possible new name just in case: Murray Mound, Murray Mountain -- poor Tim Henman might be replaced.