Is This The Year For Andy Murray ?
Is this the year for Andy Murray to finally win a major? Is this the year that London explodes into a full celebration less than a month before an even bigger Olympic celebration starts up?
Whether you are eating strawberries and cream at Wimbledon Centre Court, or you are looking to recycle Jubilee decorations at home to celebrate Murray, you can feel that every British tennis fan is waiting with bated breath to see if this is the year that Andy can finally pull it off. While Heather Watson may be progressing British tennis, Murray is who everybody is currently watching.
Murray at Wimbledon
If tennis fan’s are looking for a little home field advantage for Murray, the draw that he was given quickly took any of that away. Murray was arguably given the hardest draw of any of the “Big Four” in the tennis universe (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray). If all goes according to plan he has to face Marcos Baghdatis in the Third Round, Marin Cilic in the Fourth Round, and either David Ferrer, Andy Roddick or Juan Martin Del Potro in the Quarters. Oh, and if he survives all of that, he gets to take on Nadal in the Semifinals. No wonder some have called this the hardest Wimbledon draw for a Top Four player in recent years.
If Murray was born just a few years earlier or later in life he would have several Grand Slams to his name. Instead, he has fallen victim to the Nadal, Djokovic and Federer threesome, giving him the title of “The Greatest Player To Never Win A Major”. The thing is, it is not out of the question that Murray win’s a Grand Slam. He has the skills and he has been one of the most consistent players out there. The problem is, the amount of pressure he feels each and every time he steps on the Wimbledon grass is overwhelming. Almost everyone who comes to the SW19 is rooting for Murray. It almost makes more sense that Murray will break through at either the Australian or the US Open, where he won’t have as much pressure.
Olympic Tennis Tournament
Murray probably has a better chance at some patriotic glory at the upcoming London Olympics.
Olympic tennis tournaments are typically strange (top seeds barely ever medal), which means that it may be a chance to really show up and get a monkey off of his back. He is playing in both the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles tournament, and may try doing the Mixed Doubles as well. There will be plenty of fans in Wimbledon essentials at the Olympics rooting Murray on.