Tuesday 11 September 2012

US Open: The wait is over - Murray wins first Slam

What is going on with sport in this country?

We've gone from a nation of plucky losers to winners in the space of one amazing summer of sporting triumph.

Andy Murray added to this success by winning the US Open last night. The first British tennis player to win a Grand Slam in 76 years.

Andy Murray receives the US Open trophy

Like a lot of tennis fans, I've had sympathy for Murray in that he's playing in a golden era of men's tennis, with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic taking the game to new levels. It's this reason that explains why he's found it so hard to win a major.

Had Murray been playing ten years ago, I'm sure he would have won a Grand Slam a lot sooner.

Will his success have any bearing on tennis in this country? Call me cynical but I doubt it.

The thing that I admire about Murray is that his success has been achieved, despite coming from a country that has no history in the modern era of producing world class male tennis players.

We can all relax, he's finally done it now. If he can stay fit and healthy there's a good chance he'll add more Grand Slam titles in the next 5 years.

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