Yeah i expect that clapping was from Henman, he was truly over the moon about Andy winning.
With regards to crowds, i don't understand some people complaining about it, you only ever have to go to any Davis Cup match to know all about home support, something which i might add has been pretty low key at Wimbledon until Sunday.
Does Jelena think that if a DC match was playes in Serbia you'd be able to hear a pin drop?
I thought it was Henman. He was delighted, you could tell. Mind you, Castle sounded over the moon as well. I thought they'd done a pretty good job of being neutral through the match, but just at the end there, I think they were both really pulling for Andy to get it done. It reminded me so much of the Olympics!
The thing is, I think the people who complain about these things just watch Wimbledon, and maybe Queen's as well. They think that quiet, starchy atmosphere is the way tennis crowds are supposed to be. They don't see passionate Davis Cup crowds, or the AO or USO (or RG for that matter) where it is acceptable to support your own. Mind you, the USO crowd was passionate enough for our man last year too
. As you say, home support has been low key (that's one way to put it
) for Andy before. I suspect and hope, it won't be now.
I just don't quite understand Jelena's thinking, apart from being disappointed for Novak. She must have attended Davis Cup ties in Serbia, must have heard the crowds. Why would she assume this match, which most thought was always likely, and was also anticipated with a lot of excitement, would be so different?
As I suggested before, I could get it if the crowd had been unfair. I could understand if the crowd had behaved like some of Federer's fans at the WTF last year, when Andy was booed and jeered before a ball had ever been struck, but it wasn't like that at all. It was a wonderful match, a great spectacle, and the right man won