So that’s Wimbledon done and dusted for another year and I must say that my ability at predicting likely winners remains as crap as it’s always been...
I picked Sam Stosur to do well in the women’s singles... crash...
And Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to battle it out in the men’s draw... bang and wallop...
Roger Federer was dismissed... good call... but at least I did say that Andy Murray always finds one too good... finger on the pulse methinks!
I watched bit of both finals... Serena Williams is clearly a wonderful athlete, but for some reason she’s just one of those players I can’t get away with... I also draw the line at players with unpronouceable names... so the losing finalist was simply a girl from Poland, who did very well.
Yesterday, Murray was good, Federer was brilliant... no shame in losing to the best player that has ever graced a tennis court, but it was the Scot’s post-match interview, as much as his performance in the four sets that has grabbed the headlines. And here I think is where opinion will be divided... some will say his emotion was a sign of weakness, others (me
included) saw it as proof of how much the game... and his pursuit of a Grand Slam... actually means.
Murray’s dour persona is not particularly endearing, but yesterday may change the way some (but certainly not all) view him... Personally, I still don’t think he will win one of the four majors; his emergence in an almost unprecedented age of brilliant players being a compelling reason, but given my enduring lack of ability as a tipster, you should probably head straight for the nearest bookies...
On the subject of "silver", I donated my 25th pint of blood at Consett today (which entitles me to my silver award and a Club biscuit...). I'm not sure how many people around the country have had the benefit of a drop or two of Kirby gold top, but I am proud to be a blood donor... and proud to work within NHS Blood & Transplant... But if you're thinking I might end with a photo of a needle stuck in my arm, you'd be wrong; likewise if you hoped to see a grown Scot blubbing... no... I am going to leave you with the undisputed no.1 women's doubles pairing... and their reaction to reading my blog...
All my own work... almost.