by Kevin Williamson
And so it came to pass. And serve. And volley. And generally make forced errors. Alex can put away his Saltire. Andy Murray was eliminated from Wimbledon today
in a lack lustre display against Grigor Dimitrov. It’s a shame, for like most Scots, I was hoping for a second magnificent success for Murray. It would have been another raucous celebration here in Scotland – everyone loves a summer party – but it wasn’t to be.
It might leave Sue Barker feeling a bit deflated but if YES wins in September then Wimbledon will have to find a new rUK champion to get behind next year. Good luck to them. There must be another Tim or Virginia out there.
I’m wondering too if Murray will come off the fence in the Referendum debate now that he’s got Wimbledon out the way. It doesn’t matter that much whether he does or not, but it sticks in the craw that someone who seems inclined towards Indy has had to button his lip to appease brand sponsors, the jingoistic tennis media, plus the twee Union Jackers who make up the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon.
Then again, perhaps Murray is a NO voter. It’s possible. I’d be surprised though since he recently opened the plush Cromlix hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, which has some intriguingly named rooms in it. There’s the Wallace Suite, the Bruce Suite, the Stewart Suite, the Burns Suite, and the Connery Suite for starters! Murray is also a canny businessman and has thrown in the Bowes-Lyons Suite for travelling royalists. That aside the rooms don’t sound like they’ve been named by an ardent Unionist.
Now the tennis is over its back to the World Cup. Brasil 2014 has been as sensational as its been unpredictable. Last night the beautiful game was at its most exciting best between Belgium and USA. Those 30 cliff-hanging pulsating minutes of extra time will have done more to help establish football in the States than anything that went before. Now they know what its like to have their nerves shredded, their hearts pumping, and their hopes cruelly dashed. Proper football fans now.
Roll on the quarters finals. Vamos Colombia!