Well, this is a first for me! I am glued to the TV watching the final on Centre Court between Andy Murray and Roger Federer!
Although I am not actually a fan of tennis, and the last time I played was about 47 years ago (yes! I know, that kinda ages me), this game has been terrific. I am so thrilled for Andy Murray that he has reached the finals and of course I am most certainly rooting for him.
Tennis at Wimbledon is such a quintessentially English pastime and yet this is the first time in 74 years that an ‘English’ player (I use the word loosely since Andy is of course very Scottish), has reached the final at Wimbledon. So it can hardly be called English! However, this is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, considered by many to be the biggest and the most prestigious, it has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877.
When you think of Wimbledon you think of strawberries and cream and hopefully sunshine, however, although not unusual…this year….rain! Summer 2012 is going down in the history as the wettest since records began. And rain has just stopped play. The tennis so far has been brilliant and Andy Murray is playing a superb game, unexpectedly by some comments, and it appears that Federer unexpectedly was the one showing nerves at the start.
The retractable roof has been moved over and it appears that the rest of the game will be played ‘indoors’ with lots of debate as to whether or not that is a good thing for Andy! The crowds are fully supportive and love him or not, I do think that there are a lot of people, whether English, Scottish or simply British as well as many others if twitter feed is anything to go by, who are rooting for him to win….I for one most certainly am.
Go Andy Murray!!!
and what a game!!! Sadly of course Andy Murray didn’t win this time around and my word wasn’t Roger Federer just fabulous, despite a shaky start; a deserving winner. Despite the change of physiology and the nasty falls he had, Andy played a brilliant game and even towards the end of the game he was still fighting. His defeat was gracious – his speech was emotional and humble, and humorous…the dour Andy that we are used to was nowhere to be seen…he has a lovely smile after all. There was barely a dry eye in the country as he stumbled through his disappointment, tears running. I for one think he has much more to offer and I am sure we will see him come out fighting better than ever for 2013.
I am so thrilled that the one time I get to watch a tennis match from beginning to end, it was at a time that we watched history in the making, he may have lost but Andy Murray is a real champion.
So congratulations to Roger Federer, a deserved win and a huge bravo to Andy Murray for giving us such a brilliant performance; you did us proud! I recorded the prize giving, albeit off the TV and will keep it for prosperity, and hope for things to come.
It’s getting closer…. Go Andy!!!!