At London 2012 the British public will be hoping that for the first time since Fred Perry they will be able to watch a Brit winning something at Wimbledon. The Olympic tennis will take place at the same place as the famed annual grass championships, so if he has failed to lift the trophy earlier in the year the Olympics will be his chance to have a second bite at the cherry.
Whilst the Wimbledon Championships have been a favourite of the British public for years, overtaking TV schedules throughout its proceedings, marking its popularity, their loyalty to the sport has never been rewarded with a domestic champion. Tim Henman was the man who carried the mantle for years and whilst getting to the semi finals of the main event was never able to convert the crowd’s enthusiasm into success.
|Gold||Andy Murray||Great Britain|
|Bronze||Juan Martin Del Potro||Argentina|
Murray has already been more successful on the WTP tennis tour than Henman and has reached major finals but so far has been outplayed by the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokavic. With Wimbledon happening within weeks of the Olympics there may well be excuses of tiredness and injury, but all of the players are under the same pressures so it is not likely to wear well with the crowds. Now if Murray won Wimbledon and the Olympics in 2012, forget a knighthood, he’d be nominated for King!
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