I wonder what Andy Murray will do after he finishes his tennis career. I’m not sure he’ll become a talking head – sorry broadcaster – like Tim Henman as he seems to be a man of few words. Maybe he’ll enter business and sell sports paraphernalia. Well we can help him out with some items. Check out our sports related deals right here.Tim Henman: such a sweet guy right? Wrong! Did you know he was the first person EVER disqualified from Wimbledon after he lost his temper and angrily smashed a ball away, straight into the face of a young ball girl? He made up for it by giving her some flowers. I’m not sure about the flowers perhaps he should have given her his earnings for that tournament. The ball boys and ball girls employed to work at Wimbledon earn about £150 for the two weeks that they work. That’s virtually slave labour. Mind you it is a wonderful opportunity and their average age is just 15. Andy Murray has also been in trouble, albeit in a different tournament, but in his case he was the first British player in 106 years to be fined for swearing at a match official.
The weather is always a bit hit and miss of course and unless you’re on Centre Court you do run the risk of being rained. Better rain than bombs however. Did you know that during World War II, five bombs hit Centre Court and destroyed 1,200 seats? After the war it took until 1949 for the court to be fully restored.
My favourite tennis player has to be Boris Becker. There’s just something about him. He’s charismatic. In 1985, Boris Becker accomplished three amazing feats by becoming g the youngest male singles champion when he was 17 years and 227 days old, the first champion who was German and the first champion who was unseeded when the competition started. That is a long time ago, admittedly. When he won, some players were still using wooden racquets! There’s another Becker in the tournament this year. Benjamin, also German and born in 1981, so he’s a little bit vintage.Another tennis player I used to love to watch – for pure spectacle – was Andre Agassi. He was a bit of a rebel in his youth and at the time I felt he was quite cool. According to Wimbledon regulations all players must wear white clothing and dress ‘decently’. The umpire has to decide whether players meet the strict dress code and he or she can insist that they get changed. Andre Agassi refused to play between 1988 and 1990 because he didn’t like the dress code. He regarded it as ‘stuffy’. Well, looking back I think it’s safe to say Andre could be regarded as ‘scruffy’.
I think the women’s game has come on in leaps and bounds, or volleys and aces perhaps over the past ten years. I remember as a child that the women’s game seemed peculiarly static compared to the excitement of the men’s games. Perhaps women’s dedication to sport has changed. The last married woman to win the women’s singles championship was Chris Evert Lloyd way back in 1981. Now women players such as Steffi Graf, retire before they marry. However as players have become increasingly more athletic, women seem to have stepped up a gear and the women’s game has become much more about rallying and volleying rather than the serve and ace game of the men’s. Listen out for Maria Sharapova, who is a feast for the senses in more ways than one. The tennis player come business woman who is in the news as she launches a range of Sugarpova sweets today, is already one of the top earners in female sport. She broke the record for the loudest grunts on court – recorded at a deafening 101.2 decibels! Serena Williams and Venus Williams have of course dominated Wimbledon for a good few years but they still play as brilliantly as ever. Sadly Venus won’t be at Wimbledon this year as she has back problems. We’ll miss her. Let’s hope our own Laura Robson does us proud, just as she did at the London Olympics last year.
Wimbledon is big business. The top-selling item in the Wimbledon gift shop in 2010 was mini yellow tennis ball keyrings. Awww cute! Apparently the gift shop sold 18,000 of them. Have you ever wondered why tennis balls are yellow? They haven’t always been. The white tennis balls were replaced in 1986 because yellow is more visible on TV and there is nothing more boring than watching a sport when you can’t see the ball.So pack your ‘sunnies’ sunglasses here and maybe your umbrellas here and enjoy Wimbledon 2013. Let’s support our wonderful British players! Go Andy Murray! Go Laura Robson! Go Elena Baltacha! Go Kyle Edmund! Go James Ward! Go Heather Watson! Go Samantha Murray! Go Anne Keothavong! Go Johanna Konta! Plus all the players in the doubles and wheelchair championships – we wish you all luck.
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