I've not had a chance to read all the thread yet but thanks Hazel for what seems like a very fair match report.
I was there but had a ticket for 1 not centre court so couldn't watch the match. I did watch part of it on the big screen but it was too depressing especially surrounded by people drinking champagne who couldn't give a toss [of which more in a moment]. Then tried to follow what was happening from the umpire which you can hear on court 1, which is offputting to say the least. Disappointing that Andy lost. But there was a story in yesterday's Standard that Jamie had said Andy had been advised not to play dubs at queens [as originally planned] because he's had cortisone injections and intensive physiotherapy and his doctors have advised rest. So this could explain why he might not have appeared totally committed to the match and why his serve has gone backwards. I hope the fact he's playing 2 exhibition matches at Boodles means he does feel it will be ok. Btw does anyone know if boodles is televised at all? Andy plays thursday and friday.
Two conversations I overheard at Queens epitomised the problems Andy has with the great English public. First a couple of posh young women who were drinking in the cafe area during andy's match though they had seats for centre court. They were supporting Mahut insofar as they were paying attention to the tennis. One then said to the other 'well I suppose you have to give it to Murray that he has some decent shots but he's so [long pause] unappealing'.
Second conversation later: a guy on his mobile phone. It had made his day that Andy had lost. Then went on to say he's watched virtually no tennis as the free Rjoka was so good and after all tennis is just a ball going back and forth over the net and which would you prefer - free Rjoka or tennis; it's a not brainer.
I don't expect people to be fans of Andy just because he's British but the glee with which the guy said it had made his day that Andy had lost was quite upsetting. I glared at him but I don't suppose he noticed and I wasn't going to get into arguments!
Final report from Queens. On thursday I bumped into John Inverdale coming off 1 Court so thanked him for the excellent ITV coverage of RG and said how many agree and so much better than Eurosport. I have to say he's rather dishy in real life!
Never ceases to amaze me, how people can be so rude. I think I would have been very tempted to tell them
Some of the home nations are playing rugby in the southern hemisphere atm, and though were any of them playing England, I would support England but I sincerely want them all to stuff their opponents (Ireland came so close last night). My Kiwi boss was most surprised. I said why? He said because I was English. I said that I was British but I came from England. What the hell is wrong with some people - why can't they support the British teams/players? Does it matter what part of the country they come from? Not in my eyes and that's whats wrong with a few people.
Nice of you to bump into John Inverdale and glad you got the opportunity to pass on some good feedback.