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Monday, 08 July 2013


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Surprised to see the Times with the laziest headline. A Brit won Wimbledon in 1977.

It's a great story and result, although I'd loved to have seen another set or two.

I think the quip about a male Ginny Wade may have been a bit subtle for many readers.


Although there were some tense moments, I would hardly describe Murray's victory in three sets as a "cliffhanger". The announcing crew tried to inject as much excitement into the match as possible, but the outcome was not really in doubt after the second set.

Andrew Lamb is right: The Guardian's is the best.
But mainly because it manages to balance the jingoism of the tabloids with a sane editorial ("A victory which is his alone") and a few well-reasoned op-eds.
The best of the latter points out that, between Fred Perry and Andy Murray, four British Women have won Wimbledon:
Dorothy Round Little, Angela Mortimer, Ann Haydon-Jones (against Billie-Jean King, no less), and most recently, Virginia Wade in 1977. As Chloe Angyal tweeted, "Murray is indeed the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years unless you think women are people."
The piece ends:

Do say: "If Murray wins, he's British. If he loses, he's Scottish."
Don't say: "If Wade wins, she's forgotten."

[Just my opinion, but I'm not bothered by this...I take it for granted that people know the headlines concern a men's champion, without it having to be said. For instance, the Times headline is "Murray ends 77-year wait for British win." That it's referring to the men's draw is elided, but then, that's where Murray competes, so it can be taken for granted--just as the facts that the sport is tennis and the tournament was Wimbledon are also both elided. As are the facts that he is Scottish and his first name is Andy. A more accurate headline would be "Scotsman Andy Murray ends 77-year wait for British men's win in tennis at Wimbledon." But headlines can't include the whole story, by definition, and nobody expects that they should. --Mike the Ed.]

Bah Humbug! Blokes knocking balls about - not bothered with that.... the big sporting news is that we could be in for a second consecutive British winner of the Tour de France!

Robin (sport hater - except cycling)

I follow ATP Pro tennis quite closely (I'm a big Rafa Nadal fan, but he exited early; knees again, I'll wager), but I have to say that it was really wonderful to see Any Murray play a terrific match and become the first male player to win the Championships Wimbledon in 77 years. Murray has now won his most important major, as well as summer, winnng Olympic Gold, both for his country at Wimbledon. Quite an accomplishment. Couldn't have happened to a nice or more deserving guy.

Stephen Scharf

PS Murray is quoted today as saying that he was asked pretty much every day of his life for the last 5 or 6 years if he was going to break the longstanding "drought" of a British male winner of the Championships.

It is reaaly interesting how British and American papers write about their sportmen: Murray looks better than Djokovic, Federer or Nadal; Hamilton and Button, quicker tan Vettel or Alonso; Beckham finest tan Messi, C Ronaldo, Xavi or Iniesta... and so on

A British man won last year (2012) at Wimbledon, in the Men's Doubles. Let us not airbrush Jonathan Marray out of history! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Marray


I guess as an Englishman I should be grateful that the win occurred before the Scottish vote on independence ;-)

I am really not much of a sports fan, which is a very rare species here on the southern tip of Africa indeed. The last time I watched tennis was Borg vs McEnroe! But looking at Tom Jenkins's superb photographs I wondered how the 'other' newspapers covered it with their IPones??? Btw we had our first ever African yellow jersey - worn by Daryl Impy.

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