73 years to the day after Fred Perry was a Grand Slam victor, Murray excelled in a pulsating match against an opponent with an enviable record on hard courts. After many “ums” and “ahs”, “maybes” and “possiblys” we had something definitive. But what does it mean for British tennis?
…challenging for the top honours…
It has been noted that the talent pool within British tennis is small. Irrespective of silly arguments over whether Murray is Scottish or British, the number of emerging players from the Home Nations is minuscule. Laura Robson and Heather Watson have emerged on the female tour but do not look like challenging for the top honours in the immediate future. Kyle Edward and Liam Brady have made waves on the junior tour; however that does not always translate to success. They’re inexperienced and to expect much of them is to repeat the same mistakes of old in heaping pressure on young shoulders.
What Murray’s win can do is release that pressure. For however long it has been the pressure has been building. The only way it could get worse is to expect Murray to hoover up the rest of the Grand Slams in the same manner as a Djokovic or a Federer.
…a focus on training…
It will (hopefully) generate more interest in the sport now that we have an Olympic and Slam champion which can only lead to bigger talent pool in the future. As a result more money can be expected and with it a focus on training and improving facilities. Murray represents the work the Lawn Tennis Association has put in to building young talent. Success paves the way for more success which is the all important thing to remember from Murray’s win.
Britain has a champion for the first time in generations; the foundations can be laid for more.