This Sporting Summer


Strawberries and Cream, Anyone?

Watched my first match of Wimbledon this year in glorious BBC HD earlier this evening. Cracking game too. Andy Murray, tipped by many to be the new Tim Henman, i.e. cruelly underachieving Brit who is talked up the press, has lived up to his billing by coming from two sets down in a thriller to beat France’s Richard Gasquet. Unlike recent years when everyone finally began to accept that Tim’s fortunes would never result in him lifting a Grand Slam title, we can start believing once more that Britain does have a potential star in the making. As he worked the crowd both inside Centre Court and out on Henman Hill (or whatever they’ve christened it with this season) you could feel the rush of excitement.  He’s meeting Nadal next, so, surely  he’s likely to go the way of Henman by losing the Quarter Final.  Isn’t he?


Of course, the reason I am now able to watch tennis is that the football has finally finished.  Spain were deservedly crowned champions of Europe after the three week tournament reached its conclusion on Sunday night. It was odd but not as painful as I thought it would be with Eng-Ger-Land not being there. It’s been 44 years since Spain won and international tournament… in 2010 it will have been 44 years since our last win.  Couldn’t happen twice though.

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