It was 79 years to the day since , Stockport’s most famous sportsman , Fred Perry won the US open in 1933. Last night after after a record 4 hours 54 minutes, Andy Murray finally clinched his first Grand Slam tennis tournament, the US Open, at Flushing Meadow in an epic battle with Novak Djokovic. I couldn’t keep up with these two extraodinary athletes and conceded defeat after 4 hours or around the time that Djokovic squared the match by wining the fourth set. I had to check the result at 5.45 am this morning and was, like millions of others, delighted to see that Murray had finally got rid of Britain’s 76 year old monkey.
So this completes a remarkable summer for British sport: Bradley Wiggin’s Tour De France victory, the astonishing performances by Team GB in both the Olympics and Paralympics and now Murray. The athletes parade through London yesterday brought our vast crowds of people who patently wanted this record summer of sport to never end. I would like to believe that this can all act as a possible catalyst in our society for positive change.
Is it just me or has all this brought about a slight feeling of disillusionment with our national game. As I write all the home nations have underperformed in their world cup qualifiers this evening, but I am not sure I care that much. Is this “The Daniel Sturridge Effect”?