A resurgent Murray hopes to make history
I t’s the last week in June, so that can mean only one thing – that’s right, the start of Wimbledon 2013 (Monday, BBC2, 5.15pm). It’s also, of course, the time when tennis fans eat copious amounts of strawberries and cream while enduring unseasonably bad weather and doing lots of cheering on Henman Hill, just as the light begins to fail... Once again, Brits everywhere will be keeping their fingers crossed that we’ll be celebrating the first home-grown winner of the men’s tournament since Fred Perry lifted the famous trophy for the third and final time in 1936. Andy Murray has as good a chance as anybody of being crowned champion this year, having come so close in 2012. However, he isn’t the kind of character to let the hopes of a nation weigh too heavily on his muscular shoulders. In the past he’s been described as dour and even bad-tempered; but the emotional speech he made after losing to Roger Federer in four nail-biting sets helped to improve his image, as well as win over a new set of fans. Having won a Grand Slam (the 2012 US Open) and the gold medal in the men’s singles at the Olympics, he now knows what it takes to triumph in major championships – which means he’s better equipped to go one step further this time around.
it One man who knows a lot lot about about carrying the the expectation expectation of of an an entire entire country is is Tim Henman, who claims he didn’t didn’t really really mind mind the pressure. “I “I never had a problem with with it it because I I never really really felt felt like like there was any pressure,” pressure,” says says Tiger Tim. “My attitude attitude was that that it it had been my dream to to play play at at Wimbledon on Centre Centre Court. Court. I I played a lot lot of of my best best tennis tennis and and got a lot lot of of my best best results results out out there. there. “At the end of of the the day day it’s it’s slightly slightly selfish, but but I I was going going on on the the court to to play play for for myself, myself, I wasn’t I wasn’t playing playing for for anybody anybody else else and and I I think think that’s that’s the the right right approach approach to to have. have. I look I look at at the the way way that that Murray’s Murray’s played played and and I think I think he he has has a a similar similar attitude attitude because because he’s he’s also also played played some some of of his his best best tennis tennis there.” there.” Henman Henman also also can’t can’t wait wait for for this this year’s year’s tournament, tournament, during during which which he’ll he’ll be be part part of of the the BBC’s BBC’s commentary commentary team team once once again. again. Can Can Murray Murray do do it? it? Let’s Let’s hope hope so. so. But But even even if he if he doesn’t, doesn’t, we’re we’re still still promised promised a a two-week two-week feast feast of of tennis, tennis, courtesy courtesy of of Tim Tim and and his his colleagues colleagues Sue Sue Barker, Barker, John John McEnroe, McEnroe, Boris Boris Becker, Becker, Tracy Tracy Austin, Austin, Lindsay Lindsay Davenport, Davenport, Virginia Virginia Wade, Wade, Pat Pat Cash, Cash, Martina Martina Navratilova Navratilova and and Anne Anne Keothavong. Keothavong.
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