Tensions at Wimbledon 2013… Come on Andy!
There’s been a lot of discussion about dangerous tennis courts in the last week.Those of you who follow Wimbledon can’t have missed the news that lots of players retired injured following a slip on the grass.
Uproar ensued and some of them appeared on television talking earnestly about the potentially life threatening conditions in which they were being forced to play.
Alright, I’m exaggerating but they were certainly whinging a lot. And the crowd doesn’t help.
I was sat in Centre Court last week watching Andy Murray thrash someone or other (he thrashes everyone so it gets confusing) when his opponent slipped to the ground.
The whole stadium took a sharp intake of breath and then cheered as the brave professional sportsman tentatively rose to his feet.
Such was the hyperbole of the reaction one could have been forgiven for thinking this player had narrowly avoided a collision with a train. A train covered in knives and carrying boiling hot tar.
Thanks to an ex boyfriend who was obsessed with anything involving a ball I’ve watched a lot of sport. And what they all had in common, even that most gentlemanly of sports cricket, is that if someone falls over not even the most nervous of viewers raises an eyebrow. Cricket and baseball players deliberately throw themselves onto the ground. If they didn’t they would be booed. Football players jump on the floor to try to win a free kick and get booed for doing it. In ice hockey it’s perfectly acceptable to have a fist fight and as for rugby and American football – as far as I can ascertain the aim is to kill each other.
So, tennis people, my point is this: let’s all get a bit tougher so that the other sports don’t laugh at us and calls us names.
Rant over. Go Andy!