Monday, 20 June 2011

It's that time of year...

Two years ago, Andy Murray became the first British player to win the Queen's Club Championship since since Henry Austin in 1938. A week ago he won it for a second time, in a match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga which featured some audacious shots.

In a season which has had its ups and downs since he reached the final of the Australian Open back in January; Murray seems to have now come into form, reaching the semi-finals on the clay in Paris for the first time, followed by his win at Queen's, just in time for Wimbledon.

Of course, I am aware that by typing this I am adding a drop to the ocean of  "Is this the year a Brit can finally win Wimbledon?" comment with which the newspapers and other media are awash. That, though, is not my intention, especially as every year since 1937 it has proven to be futile speculation. Indeed, the press seem to revel in the failure of the best British players of the past 70 years to capture the prize, building them up just to let them down.

That said, Murray really is our best hope for years (and for years, you can read decades). It's one match at a time, though, and that starts today with a headline slot on Centre Court later against World No. 59 Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Stock up on your Strawberries and Cream and enjoy!

Meantime, here's some footage of those trick shots from Queen's:


1 comment:

Stephen Glenn said...

Yeah it's that time of yeah I regret not living two train stops away from a certain location. Using days off to queue up for tickets :-)