Wednesday, July 02, 2008
With the passing years it becomes ever harder to take an interest in Wimbledon. I didn't have much interest when I worked on the Wimbledon News and it's been downhill ever since. This year I have not seen a single game. But I do note that we seem to have replaced one national stereotype with another. Previously there was the reserved, inhibited Englishman Tim Henman. Now there is the flailing, angry, demonstrative Scot Andy Murray. The improvement would appear to be, at best, marginal. The great national festival of mourning known as Henmanout will be replaced, this afternoon I gather, by Murrayout. What endures is the venerable tradition of the not quite good enough tennis player. It is a consolation of sorts.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 10:23 am