Queen congratulates Murray

6/25/2009 - Tennis

LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth sent a message of congratulations to Andy Murray for winning the Queen's Club tournament -- and she just happens to have no official engagements on the day of next week's Wimbledon final.

The monarch last visited Wimbledon in 1977 to present the trophy to Virginia Wade after the Brit won the women's singles title in the Queen's Jubilee year.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that Queen Elizabeth sent a message to Murray congratulating him earlier this month for becoming the first Briton to win the Queen's grass-court tournament in London since Bunny Austin in 1938.

On his twitter feed, the 22-year-old Scot said: "Got a nice letter from the Queen saying well done for winning Queen's. Put it in its own pile away from the bills."

Officials said Queen Elizabeth had no official engagements on July 5, the date of the men's final, but declined to comment on whether she might attend.

Murray is bidding to become the first British player since Fred Perry in 1936 to land the men's Wimbledon singles title.