I suppose I’d better thank Andy Murray for giving me some blog material today, because I was trying to think of a subject to write about, then he did me a big favour, so…
The last time that Great Britain won the Davis Cup, the World Cup of Tennis for want of a better term, Jean Harlow was still alive! Yes, it really was that long ago, 1936 in fact. They reached the final again the following year, but that was it, until 1978, when somehow or other, they again reached the final, to be defeated. And lets be honest, apart from a few years when Henman, and Rusedski represented GB, we havent really had the players to get that far, on the whole, as a team at least. Indeed, just 5 years ago, they were one step away from dropping into the bottom rung of tennis, but this weekend…
Its hard to consider the difference in how things were arranged back then. Instead of having to battle through a number of rounds, as now, the reigning champions simply sat back, let everyone else battle it out, and then only play a challenge final. So in fact, the last time prior to 1978 that GB actually qualified for a final was 1933! To say getting to competitions back then was different too. None of this jetting around the world to play, as per now, of course, they didnt exist!
The other obvious difference back then too, all players were amateur! It was only in the late ’60s that professional tennis even became recognised as official! But this weekend, in Belgium, after 79 years, Great Britain again became the champions of the world. Fine, mainly because of one man, Andy Murray. We have a few other decent players now, but none in the top echelons of the sport. Ironically, Belgium were in the same position, with David Goffin.
But yes, its nice to know that after all this time, Britain is on top of the tennis world, yet again. Hey, I’m not a big fan of the sport, but lets face it, in terms of sports played by much of the world, we arent at the top of many! Great news!
Fine, the video. Bit like GB last winning the Davis Cup, its an oldie. Not quite that old, but it does mean I couldnt find a live performance, but besides all that…
Not joking, 76 years to be exact. No, not since I last had sex, thats only about 12 years, darlings lol! No, what I’m referring to is a Brit winning a Grand Slam Tennis Tournament, what until yesterday, or today our time, hadnt occurred since before WW2, when Fred Perry won his last title. Well the wait is now over, thanks to Andy Murray. Took longer than expected, and not just because the match was a day late due to the weather.
When I went to bed last night, Murray had won the 1st set (after nearly 90 minutes), and was comfortably up in the 2nd, I think it was 5-2? So when I got up this morning, and saw he’d won, I just assumed it was comfortable, until I read the details at least. 5 sets, nearly 5 hours, but he got there in the end! In theory, that takes a weight off his shoulders, but I suspect some will now just expect more of the same lol!
The music tonight, rather apt, if not in the slightest about tennis,
One sad fact, on the anniversary of that awful day. I watched the 6.00 news on BBC tonight, not one mention of what happened 11 years ago today. I didnt expect it to be main news, but did expect it to be mentioned. Simple error, or deliberate chouce, who knows, but I was saddened by the miss, I must say
Well, I held fire on this, just in case I was able to talk about a British man winning the singles title at Wimbledon, but it wasnt to be. But hang on, a British player did win a mens title this weekend, but not one that anyone would really have known about before the last few days. Jonathan Marray was one half of the winning doubles team yesterday, the first win by a Brit in the Mens doubles for 76 years! And guess what, he’s from Yorkshire! 🙂
Alright, I hadnt really heard of him before the last few days either, but anyway…So, given even now the average lifespan, that could be a once in a lifetime moment. Certainly 2 finalists in the same Wimbledon definitely could be just that. Murray may well make another final in the next few years, but any others doing so? Hmm?
Not that things will get any lighter at work, in less than 3 weeks time, we have the Olympics for just over a fortnight! All I can say is that in 10 weeks time, I wont be writing a blog in Yorkshire. No, not retiring, thankfully I will be on holiday, across the Atlantic yet again. Maybe something once in a lifetime can happen for me, a new life in the US? No, things like that never happen in real life, especially for me, but you never know? 😉
Oh go on, you’ve worked out the video tonight, I’m sure? Same as it ever was? All I can say is thanks to Andy Murray, for giving me the chance to post this Talking Heads classic
Yes, I know we are in the middle of Wimbledon fortnight by now, but better late than never! At least Euro 2012 is now over, though just to cheer me up, qualifiers for both the Champions League, and Europa Cup start this week, what a depressing thought!
No, tennis isnt a big sport for me, though I have my perverse moments when I show interest in Andy Murray, even now. And alright, it does help in the sense that the cricket is rained out again tonight, shock horror with this awful summer we’re having here.
And guess what? Its raining at Wimbledon, but there is still live tennis, on one court at least. But lets not talk about those men playing tennis now, lets talk ladies tennis. Back in the old days, there were lady tennis players who made me look feminine. And that was long before I even realised that I wasnt really a guy, it has to be said. There were one or two who were all woman (one was so buxom, she must have had a very strong bra!), but a good number of them looked like some of the male players lol! Oh, and shock horror, a good number of them were lesbians, either openly, or slightly less so. Stories got out, but, as nothing was official… Oh, and of course, one transgendered player, Renee Richards.
Nowadays not only are seemingly the vast majority thoroughly hetro, a number of them take time out to have babies! And yes, alright, a good number of them are quite pretty as well. Alright, there are still those like Serena Williams, but…lol, far less of them!
When I was at school, and for a few years afterwards, I went to a day at Wimbledon, but that was a very long time ago. Funniest memory of that, on an outside court, I watched a match involving a young, slightly loud qualifier from the US, not really taking much notice at the time. But everyone took notice of him for many years to come after that. His name? John McEnroe! And I saw him play his second ever match at Wimbledon, hows that? Ah, the memories.
The video, slightly obtuse, given what the lyrics actually ‘suggest’, but the video features exercise, and does include Olivia Newton John swinging a tennis racket, so…