Congratulations to Scotsman Andy Murray and the UK!

Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory was brilliant!

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8745 posts

a bit of a nail-biter towards the finish. A good result. Very gracious speech by Djokovic at the end too. Pity that the German fairy tale princess Sabine Lisicki couldn't pull off a miracle too. I'd been following her rocket-like ascent and the tears at the end (and every day too).

Posted by Nancy
London, UK
159 posts

Sweet!! I actually live in Wimbledon Village and love the Championship time! I had the opportunity to attend a few days before i had to fly back to the States earlier this week. Wonderful experience! I am missing the wonderful celebration that is happening there! And Nigel - I was pulling for Lisicki too!!

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

Congratulations to Great Britain! What a fabulous victory! Watching the last few minutes, I was so afraid Andy was running out of energy. And Djokovic won that one where his return "crawled" over the net, literally. (Why was that legal? I thought it couldn't touch the net?) But then Andy came back strong, and ...victory! What a match! I thought the good sportsmanship shown at the end by both players was admirable; both acted like gentlemen.

Posted by Maggie
Boscombe, Dorset, UK
960 posts

He was on the radio this morning, giving an interview- sounds like a really nice guy.
He said he only got about an hour and a half sleep last night; he was worried if he went to sleep, he'd wake up and find none of it happened!

Posted by Kira
Seattle, WA, USA
954 posts

Not only was it awesome (and they were BOTH class acts all the way) - but Andy Murray has singlehandedly gotten this lazy couch potato into tennis! Huzzah!

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

It is only the serve that cannot touch the net. (If it does but still lands in the proper court, it is a "let" or do-over). A return or any other hit can touch the net and is "in" as long as it lands in the proper court---no matter how long it takes to get there.

Posted by j.c.
Cary, NC, United States
842 posts

Saw a great pic of Posh Spice, aka Mrs Beckham, sitting with some other VIP's. She was not smiling.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8745 posts

She was not smiling. She famously never does...

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3407 posts

Smiling gives one wrinkles, don't you know.

Posted by Rebecca
Nashville, TN, USA
645 posts

"I've never read a book in my life, admits Victoria Beckham". The Independent (London). 16 August 2005. Article by John-Paul Ford Rojas. Lola, Thanks for your explanation! I guess I've forgotten a lot of the rules since I used to play years and years ago. Saw Hugh Laurie and his family in the stands during one of the women's matches. The camera stayed on them for quite awhile. When one of the women players scored a point, the Laurie's son did a drum roll on his mum's head, with the whole family laughing. Looked like a nice, normal family. Hugh Laurie seems like a nice regular guy.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3302 posts

Indeed, a wonderful victory for the British and a Scotsman, but not for an Englishman. I don't want to get wrapped up in Scottish nationalist politics, but for no one here to realize that Andy Murray is from Scotland, might even irritate a pro-union Scotsman or Scotswoman. Andy does currently live in the south and votes in the south from what I've read. However, he was born in Scotland growing up in Dunblane and does own property in Scotland if what I've read is true. So, cheers to Andy!

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2010 posts

During the final game of the match I nearly passed out from holding my breath. On match point I yelled so loud I woke my neighbors. Truly is Breakfast at Wimbledon on the coast of California as the match started at 6am. I've loved viewing the follow up coverage. Admitting he hates champagne because it burns his throat. Stating he forgot his Mom "until I heard her squealing,". Resplendent in a dark suit with an Ah Shucks aura about him meeting the PM at Number 10 Downing Street. All subsequent interviewers asking "how does it feel," etc. Looking closely one senses the absolute relief of never having to hear about Fred Perry again as well as his pride in having worked hard, very hard, to preserver and become the 2013 Wimbledon Champion. Well done Andy. Well done! Onto defending your US Open title!!

Posted by Maggie
Boscombe, Dorset, UK
960 posts

Pamela, you're right about him being Scottish, and therefore British-but not English. He's from Dunblane. As a child, he was one of the survivors of the Dunblane massacre in which 16 children were murdered by a gunman who walked into the school.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

"For no one here to realalize the Andy Murry is a Scotsman might irritate even a pro-Union Scotsman or Scotswoman." That Andy Murray is a Scotsman was unstated but certainly not unrealized. I am quite sure that anyone from the UK, such as Nigel, Nancy, and Maggie, knows he is a Scotsman, as do I. (I have Scotland on my mind these days, and it is Andy's Scottish heritage that motivated me to start this.) But his victory was embraced by all of the UK, as a victory for the UK. He is the first Scotsman ever to win the men's title at Wimbledon, and the first Briton to win it in 77 years. I see speculation in the news that his win may boost the cause of Scottish independence, but it seems like a tenuous connection. Do Scots resent the fact that the whole UK rejoices?

Posted by Grier
Carmel, IN
1054 posts

Lola, Andy is the first Scotsman since 1896 to win the men's singles at Wimbledon according to the BBC. A nice win, so happy for Andy and the UK. I was glad to see Marion Bartoli win too. I found her quirkiness endearing and she rose to the challenge.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3302 posts

Lola, of course, most Scots don't resent the rest of the UK enjoying and celebrating his victory. However, there is a contingent who feel that when Andy loses he's a Scotsman to the British press, but when he wins, he's British. The strength of that conviction varies with the politics, but I don't I've ever met a Scotsman or Scotswoman who didn't identify with Scotland and it's the amount of identification with Great Britain or the UK that will vary.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8745 posts

for no one here to realize that Andy Murray is from Scotland, Oh we realize. How could we forget? And your lovely Alex Salmon got so much glee out of photobombing David Cameron, didn't he? He's so professional.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
3302 posts

Now Nigel, I never said that I was for Independence. Salmond is not a politician I'd vote for! I wouldn't vote for Cameron either! As far as I can tell your choices are as limited as ours. ;) It just struck me as very odd that in more than a half dozen posts no one had mentioned that he was Scottish, when that is important to Scots. Pam

Posted by Edgar
Medford, OR, USA
241 posts

And Chris Froome remains in the yellow jersey 3:25 ahead of Alejandro Valverde at the end of Stage 12. Hope that Chris will still be in yellow in Paris.

Posted by Edgar
Medford, OR, USA
241 posts

With Froome's Sunday Mt. Ventox stage win his lead in yellow is 4:14. And Frenchman Rolland loses the pokadot jersey to Froome as well. Great Briton is on a roll!

Posted by Edgar
Medford, OR, USA
241 posts

Chris Froome lost the polka dot jersey to Quontana by 11 points falling to second in the king of the mountain ranking, but will be wearing yellow in the ride into Paris. The long road to the Arc de Triomphe ends tomorrow when the museums will be empty as the people take to the streets of Paris.

Posted by Kim
Paris
544 posts

Maybe it was edited later, but the very title of the thread states that he's a Scotsman. ..

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
681 posts

Oddly, The Times in today's Second Great Summer of British Sport supplement, didn't bother mentioning the Open - though golf got references from the Ryder Cup and Rose winning the US open (first since 1970). What has been missed in the comments above, though, has been: - Lions thrashing Australia in the third test and so winning their first series since 1997 - England winning both the Trent Bridge match (just), and then clobbering the Australians at Lords yesterday. The Aussies were so rubbish that (according to the BBC), the German cricket team has offered them a game.