I never thought I would blog about tennis, I can’t say I look forward to it, enjoy it or particularly care for the sport.
But today at
about 5.10pm, I got it, I understood why the game matters to so many and why we
as Brits should cherish a young man from Dunblane who opened the door and let
the ghosts of the past out to finally be at peace.
Andy Murray is
Wimbledon champion, the first man since Fred Perry in 1936 (77 years ago), the
first Brit since Virginia Wade in 1977 and on 7/7 – who said 7 wasn’t lucky.
To put the wait
in context, there has been a World War, countless Prime Ministers and US Presidents
and yes...HM the Queen was still Princess Elizabeth since we last won at
But now a new
page has been turned, Fred Perry and countless valiant British men have been
released, a British man won in SW19.
shed, sporting moments kind of do that to me, and an apology is forthcoming.
For I was one of many who slagged Murray off in the past because I never
thought he would do it and would just be an angry young man.
angry youth turned into a champion – and a man England, Wales, Ireland and most
definitely Scotland should be very proud of – sorry Andy!
The fact a man
from Dunblane reached such heights on July 7 was extra poignant given the awful
tragedies which befell the Scottish town and the events eight years ago today.
Murray is a
former pupil at the Dunblane school where Thomas Hamilton took the innocent
lives of 16 children and a teacher in 1996.
And eight years
ago today, terrorists took the lives of 52 people in London in a co-ordinated
set of attacks which were designed to change the way we live and make us live
We didn’t and
for the first time I get the impression that we in Britain might just love this
The horrors in
Dunblane and on July 7 2005 will never and should never be forgotten, but what
Murray has done is at least make his hometown known for something other than
And July 7 2013
will be remembered for triumph and British people coming together in
celebration, I can’t think of a better way to stick it to terrorists than that.
Well done Andy,
Britain thanks you!