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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

I think my body's currently acting as a show home for all the latest symptoms on the market. Just as my sore throat had subsided, I woke up yesterday with a cough, and twenty-four hours later I've coughed so much that my throat's sore again and I've given myself hiccups. And don't even get me started on my snuffly nose.

But the good news is I'm up early enough to watch Trisha, so every cloud.

While I'm here, can I just indulge myself in a bit of tennis chat. It does annoy me the way we go completely overboard regarding any young British tennis hopeful who manages to win a couple of matches. Andy Murray (who is more notable for having been a pupil at Dunblane during the massacre in 1996) won the junior US Open title a couple of weeks ago at the age of 17, and suddenly everyone seems to think we have a future champion on our hands. May I just remind everyone that we also had the number one ranked junior in the world a few years ago - Martin Lee - who achieved that status at the age of 18. And my, what a force he's gone on to be in world tennis.

The REASON we have these top juniors is because anyone who's any good moves on to the senior tour when they're 16, meaning that the plucky Brits who hang around til they're 18 are playing against a few puny 14 year olds with bad acne, and thus end up winning once in a while. But that doesn't seem to occur to anyone. So instead we're merrily hailing Murray as a future Wimbledon champion.

And just how good is he? Well over the weekend he replaced Tim Henman in the Superset Tennis event at Wembley Arena. Tiger Tim (doesn't he advertise Frosties?) dropped out due to injury, so naturally our Andy, who is an undoubted world beater (yeah right) was the obvious replacement. It's an exhibition tournament played over just one set, and in the first round he played John McEnroe, aging commentator and quiz show host, whose plane had only just touched down from America.

The grey haired superbrat crushed our wonderkid 6-1. 6-1??? You can not be serious.

At 17 Boris Becker won Wimbledon and Michael Chang won the French Open. At the same age Andy Murray loses 6-1 to a 45 year old with jet-lag. Forgive me if I don't get too excited.


Phil said...

 Crash Should I start shouting "Go mighty Murray" Just let me know when.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004, 20:57:59

The only thing that stopped me becoming the next British hopeful was my inability to get the ball over the net. Apart from that, I was almost there.Thursday, October 07, 2004, 07:08:26Phil 
Crash: you should. Immediately. And then brace yourself for major disappointment.  Lisa: I believe that's good enough to make you the British number three. Congratulations.Thursday, October 07, 2004, 10:09:03