Wimbledon 2015: Clare Balding considers tattoo saying, 'everything will be all right in the end' after Wimbledon 2Day criticism

The TV presenter has suffered criticism of her Wimbledon highlights programme

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Clare Balding has suggested she may get a tattoo saying “everything will be all right in the end” after criticism of her Wimbledon highlights programme.

There are believed to have been thousands of complaints over the Wimbledon 2day programme with viewers apparently angered by its “cheap" gimmicks and awkward conversation, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Ms Balding, in her column for Waitrose Weekend magazine, wrote that she had lately become “a bit obsessed with sporting mottos”.

“I have no tattoo, but in the last week I’ve been repeating to myself the line from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: ‘Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not yet the end,’” she said.

“Who knows, I may have to get it inked on my arm.”

Among tattoos to catch her attention was a line from a Samuel Beckett novella on tennis player Stan Wawrinka’s left arm. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better,” it says.

She noted he got the tattoo in 2013 and had since won the Australian and French Opens.

“The motto may sound negative, but the message is strong. Most of us are risk averse because we don’t like the idea of failure, but to push beyond our limitations we have to take risks. Some will work, others won’t, but the greater danger lies in not trying at all,” she said.

Jill Scott, of the England football team that won bronze at the Women’s World Cup, has one that says: “Step by step, day by day, mile by mile.”

And rugby league player Jamie Peacock’s tattoo of remarks by US president Theodore Roosevelt was perhaps particularly apt for Ms Balding.

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better,” it says.

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.”

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