Hawk aye

The Herald - Sport - - WIMBLEDON -

ALL change. Not only is there a dif­fer­ent dy­namic to the di­ary this year, the All Eng­land Club have made nu­mer­ous al­ter­ations to the place since 12 months ago. This in­cludes end­ing the lunchtime apartheid be­tween writ­ten press and broad­cast jour­nal­ists, who are all now lumped to­gether in one spec­tac­u­lar din­ing area. It is all high-end, haute cui­sine stuff, but un­for­tu­nately there is no room for Andy Mur­ray’s favourite meal. His granny’s shep­herd’s pie. Rum­mage note 2.0. Reg­u­lar read­ers of this fea­ture, which of­ten re­counted la­conic, half­hearted bag searches, may be sur­prised to learn that the changes in­clude the se­cu­rity area be­ing up­graded into the most space-age fa­cil­ity this side of Ter­mi­nal 5 at Heathrow. Af­ter ev­ery­thing short of a retina scan, cav­ity search and bi­o­log­i­cal pass­port check, your diarists were fi­nally ad­mit­ted into the venue. Also like Ter­mi­nal 5, there was a large queue. Andy Mur­ray has a face to launch a thou­sand publi­ca­tions. The diarists are con­fronted with the Scot’s vis­age, star­ing back from the front page of the July is­sue of ev­ery news­pa­per, mag­a­zine or jour­nal. Though quite what he has to do with Trop­i­cal Fish Monthly and Prac­ti­cal Car­a­van­ning we are not so sure. The Scot was hailed as the next big thing with a storm­ing run in these cham­pi­onships 10 years ago. But he wasn’t sure whether he was the Mes­siah or just a naughty boy. “I was so un­known in 2005 that lots of re­ports still called me An­drew, which is some­thing only my grand­par­ents still do. As a kid I’d get called An­drew when I was in trou­ble...” It emerges that new coach Jonas Bjorkman has been play­ing a few ‘semi-com­pet­i­tive’ points with Mur­ray in prac­tice. Un­for­tu­nately for him, with Mur­ray there is no such thing. “He started to get into a bit of a rhythm to­wards the end, so we de­cided to play the last point out and I won it with a drop shot,” says the Scot. “He then com­plained that I was drop­shot­ting a 43-year-old man.” Sir Jackie Stewart was one of the guests of hon­our in the Royal Box yesterday, rub­bing shoul­ders with the likes of news­read­ers Fiona Bruce and Sir Trevor McDon­ald, for­mer cham­pion Ste­fan Ed­berg and re­tired Bri­tish player Ross Hutchins. Per­haps the most im­por­tant guest yesterday, how­ever, was 76-year-old Ro­man Zoltowski, who drives here from Poland ev­ery year and en­graves the names of the win­ners on their re­spec­tive tro­phies.

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