ANDY MURRAY did fantastically well to reach the Wimbledon final and he played magnificently in defeat to Roger Federer.
What I didn’t understand was the reaction in some sections of the media, particularly the BBC.
The following day it was almost like national mourning. And the guy on The One Show, Matt Baker, said he was in tears himself, reckoning everyone had had a ‘Murray moment’.
I certainly didn’t.
What Murray achieved was something to be celebrated, not a national disaster, and it was just a tennis match.
He will be back to have another go – who knows, he might even win a Grand Slam at some stage, possibly Wimbledon – and he has definitely endeared himself to the British public with his own heartfelt reaction.
He showed he was human and not the uncaring, boring soul many seem to believe.
The betting was classic. All the hard-nosed punters had their money on Federer while those who were letting heart rule head lost their money on Murray.
Unfortunately, it all overshadowed a truly remarkable story in Jonny Marray winning the men’s doubles with a partner he played alongside only three times. Fantastic. Almost makes me want to get a racket out myself!
I’M keeping my fingers firmly crossed that we will eventually get some summer weather.
Every day I keep watching the forecasts and waiting for someone to say ‘and at the weekend it will be much warmer and drier’.
It hasn’t happened for what seems an eternity and sports like cricket and horse racing have taken a massive hit under the deluge of rain.
I have almost lost touch with what is happening in County Cricket, because there has simply been no continuity.
Even the ODI series against Australia, which we have won hands down, has been a bit of a mish-mash because of the weather.
I’m just hoping that by the time the South Africa Test Series gets under way next week that things are starting to brighten up.
It’s been just the same in racing, and anyone with a horse in training which needs fast ground might just as well pack up until next time.
On the subject of racing, it’s John Smith’s Cup day at York tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to the action.
I’ve always said it’s the best and worst of going racing all rolled into one.
I love York and the Knavesmire and the racing at this meeting is fantastic – so well worth going along to.
But, on the other side of the coin, every John Smith’s pub in the district seems to send a bus load of punters who, having been on the ale since 8am, seem hardly able to stand up by the time the first race is off.
That said, it’s a fantastic event and go along if you can. My tip in the big race is Area Fifty One, trained by Richard Fahey.
A winner last time out at Newmarket, Area Fifty One has been targeted at this race all season.