Let’s take a deep breath and step away from the Shaq/Kobe and Imus/black people controversies and enjoy a pairing that goes together as well as peanut butter and jelly, sexual harassment and NASCAR, and, apparently, Jews and baseball. What is this amazing combination? Why, the United Kingdom and self-loathing when it comes to sports, of course.
English football has not won a major title since the 1966 World Cup and, let’s face it, there’s not much else to talk about besides Wimbledon, which hasn’t been won by a Brit since 1936. And, hey, look at that, Wimbledon just started again! Obviously, then, so did the self-hatred by English tennis players. Well, really only Andy Murray (who’s actually Scottish, by the by).
Mr. Murray seems to believe that English tennis players are pretty pathetic, and he might be on to something we have all known since the 1930’s. Apparently, since then, British players have become “lazy” and the coaches have become “negative” as well. “I think the best way is to confront it, especially when it has been so bad for so long,” Murray wrote in his autobiography. He also added that the training room at British tennis headquarters is a “ghost town” when he’s there to train.
Murray even went on and laid out a plan to save British tennis which included “establishing a scouting network to spot players at an early age.” Thanks, Andy. That ought to put tennis back on par with football/soccer. And I don’t even want to pretend to know why a 21-year-old tennis player who isn’t even ranked in the top ten in the world has published an autobiography. Is there no filter anymore? At least he’s not some random blogger.
This is the only way a male tennis player is going to get any media coverage these days. England’s media can take a break from freaking out about how the national football team didn’t qualify for Euro 2008 or covering Maria Sharapova’s shorts ad nauseum and wonder why one of their own can’t win Wimbledon. All eyes are on Andy Murray until he loses some time during the next two weeks. I don’t know if I want him to win or not, but this is about as excited for Wimbledon as I or anyone else is going to get.