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Re: News Articles « Reply #6690 on: July 02, 2013, 07:02 PM »
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Really interesting piece,that agrees with a lot of what's been said on here about the Wimbledon crowds.I don't know how many of them will read it,but I was really glad to see someone in the media actually saying something about it Smile


Andy Murray fans find their voice


Dodgy football club owners, administrations, sacked managers. All hardy perennials when it comes to guaranteeing reaction to a sports’ column.

None of those subjects came close though to the response I got to a piece I penned 12 months ago on the back of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon final defeat to Roger Federer. The strawberries and cream set are a much more vitriolic bunch than the football terrace diehards it would appear.

The point I was making at the time was that Murray was let down by Centre Court. Not the roof that had to be shut. The people in the stands.

I had no problem with the Federer fans. If they wanted to back a smug Swiss with a liking for cream embroidered blazers and slacks who had won the thing six times before, that was their prerogative. The spectators I had in mind were those who had their hearts set on a Murray win, but who failed to recognise when he needed them most.

That was when the game was still in the balance. Not when Federer was serving for the match and all was lost, which was when they belatedly found their loudest collective voice.

There were plenty who took me to task, quoting Murray’s tearful speech to the crowd about how good they’d been as evidence.

If he failed to realise in that moment that he didn’t get the backing a home favourite should expect – and would get at any of the other three Grand Slams – he certainly did a few weeks later.

At the Olympics the Centre Court crowd was exactly as a passionate and patriotic sporting audience should be – loud, unrelenting and partisan.

It made the Wimbledon final atmosphere look timid in comparison. Federer, unruffled when the predominant colours were the purple and green of the All England Club, was taken aback when everything was red, white and blue. And Murray was lifted to new heights of achievement.

Murray is again telling the media how great the support he’s getting at Wimbledon is this year. But you wouldn’t expect him to say any different would you? And I’m sure he doesn’t believe it.

The truth is, he’s doing his job, but the SW19 patrons are failing him again.

Centre Court was flat for his fourth round match against Mikhail Youzhny. With seeds slip-sliding their way out, it’s as if they now take it for granted that Murray will make the final and their intervention isn’t required until he meets Novak Djokovic.

Football, rugby, tennis or any other sport – players geeing the crowd up is the wrong way round.

Murray’s reaction to Monday evening was polite and measured from a man for whom PR gaffes have long become a thing of the past: “Wimbledon has its own special atmosphere, and it can seem a bit quieter at times. The tournament has built its history on tradition and good manners, and you have to respect that.

“It was a bit more raucous during the Olympics though, and personally I enjoy that.”

There’s the clue. Murray prefers raucous to respectful, so give him it.

The Scot has dedicated his late childhood and early adulthood to becoming the best tennis player he can possibly be, overcoming not insignificant physical and psychological torment to do so. It isn’t too much to ask that those who would want the same for him as he would want for himself find their voice. Don’t expect, inspire.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/sport/blogs/the-first-word/andy-murray-fans-find-their-voice-1.109243
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6691 on: July 02, 2013, 07:16 PM »
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Brilliant article, and spot on aswell, thanks Dani
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6692 on: July 02, 2013, 07:20 PM »
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^ Thanks again Dani.  Unfortunately the only three occasions I remember Andy getting full crowd support at Wimbledon was, first, in his match against Gasquet in 2008, second, his match against Wawrinka in 2009 and, third, against Baghaditis last year.  I don't think it's a coincidence that all were evening matches because by then the polite and largely indifferent Pimms 'n' strawberries brigade have gone home, giving up their seats to the true fans who will roar Andy on.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6693 on: July 02, 2013, 07:24 PM »
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Absolutely brill Dani, should be copied and handed out to all walking through centre court tomorrow!!!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6694 on: July 02, 2013, 07:26 PM »
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What annoys me the most with Wimbledon is the overall haughtiness of the place, i admire tradition etc but more actual tennis fans should be allowed in not just the pimm drinking elitists who frequent the place, real tennis fans are so outnumbered, they feel obliged to stay quiet to a degree, later on when everyone gets pissed it seems to get better.

I remember when they let fans in for the final on Monday when Goran won wimbledon, and middle sundays when rain delayed matches, the supporters were much more lively and made the matches much more interesting. The Olympic supporters were amazing for Andy, it's such a shame he can't have that kind of a crowd rooting for him.

I think that's why Andy loves the USO and AO so much.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6695 on: July 02, 2013, 07:32 PM »
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What Andy said is unfortunately true.The Wimbledon crowd is not fully behind Andy. I guess they never will be in truth they do not accept him as British (English) and they never will. You only have to look at his reception when he went home to Dunblane after winning his gold medal. He was home with his own folk and he knew it. It was the same when he played Davis Cup in Scotland and became so emotional he knew he was home and was accepted by the crowd. He will never be accepted by Wimbledon crowds and he knows it.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6696 on: July 02, 2013, 07:36 PM »
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Well said Maggie Wink
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6697 on: July 02, 2013, 07:47 PM »
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What annoys me the most with Wimbledon is the overall haughtiness of the place, i admire tradition etc but more actual tennis fans should be allowed in not just the pimm drinking elitists who frequent the place, real tennis fans are so outnumbered, they feel obliged to stay quiet to a degree, later on when everyone gets pissed it seems to get better.

I remember when they let fans in for the final on Monday when Goran won wimbledon, and middle sundays when rain delayed matches, the supporters were much more lively and made the matches much more interesting. The Olympic supporters were amazing for Andy, it's such a shame he can't have that kind of a crowd rooting for him.

I think that's why Andy loves the USO and AO so much.

Yes, of course. The crowd is very enthusiastic and free from any prejudices. They are fun and they like to have fun. Nothing holds them back. You will see them staying back very late at night when the match has gone to distance (USO mainly) and still cheering for the players. They keep them alive and keep them on their toes. Very different culture altogether. Wimbledon is a great tournament itself but the crowd are a different matter.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6698 on: July 02, 2013, 07:50 PM »
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What annoys me the most with Wimbledon is the overall haughtiness of the place, i admire tradition etc but more actual tennis fans should be allowed in not just the pimm drinking elitists who frequent the place, real tennis fans are so outnumbered, they feel obliged to stay quiet to a degree, later on when everyone gets pissed it seems to get better.
Believe it or not, Wimbledon is less stuffy and more noisy than it once was.  I used to go there in the 1960s when I worked in London.  I those days there was a large standing area beside CC (half-price after 5pm) so it was a favourite spot for those of us real tennis fans who couldn't afford the price of a seat.

The only trouble was that we weren't allowed to give vent to our feelings apart from clapping good shots and voicing the occasional 'ooh' at a great one, just like those having seats, because the Great God Silence ruled and umpires were quick to enforce it.  It was only when the likes of Nastase, McEnroe and Connors came on the scene that spectators became more vocal and there was nothing the authorities could do about it. 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6699 on: July 02, 2013, 08:41 PM »
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Well, whoever it is that manages his account did.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6700 on: July 02, 2013, 08:48 PM »
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That's a brilliant article about the fans.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6701 on: July 02, 2013, 08:50 PM »
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Thanks Dani how true.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6702 on: July 02, 2013, 08:58 PM »
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Wish i was going to watch Andy play tomorrow I'd make sure that I supported him loud and clear. I'd probably get thrown out.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6703 on: July 02, 2013, 09:05 PM »
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Well, whoever it is that manages his account did.

Great piece also

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Re: News Articles « Reply #6704 on: July 02, 2013, 09:05 PM »
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Who wrote that great article I want to hunt them down and kiss them it is so true.  Just a shame the people it talks about wont read it. 
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