2012: Vintage British tennis

14 Oct

After decades in the doldrums, British tennis has returned with a vengeance. And unlike previous purple patches, it’s a joint-effort on the part of both sexes. The success of Andy Murray (age 25), Heather Watson (20) and Laura Robson (18) bodes well for several years to come. That it took 76 years for the lad from Dunblane to emulate the last British male grand slam singles champion, and 24 years for the lass from Guernsey to emulate the last British female WTA tour title winner, is beyond comprehension. But finally the weight of history has been lifted and hopefully their success will usher in a potentially golden-age of British tennis in the Open/modern era. The three mentioned above have not been alone in their success. There was victory in one-half of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon and Liam Broady‘s path to the US Open final in the Junior competition, to go along with his success earlier in the year in the Junior doubles at the Australian Open. In a year of general British sporting success, it has been a treat to watch the tennis players coming to the party. Much will be expected of them next year, particularly Mr Murray!


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