SW19 Diary: Murray divides opinion into two opposed camps

The campers in the park opposite the All England Club yesterday included a mother and daughter, Viv and Natalie Keen, part of the 13-strong group that heads the queue for today. The fans, who all know each other from previous years' queuing, began to assemble at 11am on Friday.

"We've been doing this for 20 years and I've never seen it so busy," said Viv, 58, a wedding video editor from Stanmore, north London.

The SW19 Diary asks whether this is down to the "Murray effect". Viv says: "A lot of our group aren't supporting him, in fact actively supporting whoever he is playing. I'm not a big fan of his myself. I didn't like his comments about not supporting England. Why should we support him? I admire good tennis, though, and he does play good tennis."

Natalie, 35, a sales trainer from Edgware, London, does support Murray. "I claim him as British," she says. "I want him to do well, although I'm not actually going to see the tennis."

Eh? "The queuing, for me, is the best part of it," she adds. "When the others go in the gate, I'll go home. It's 72 quid to get in [Centre Court] and if you don't like the tennis itself that much, it's a lot. I've had a great time, though."

Viv and Natalie tell the Diary about queuing etiquette, and how one pair of "campers" will be shopped to the stewards for erecting a tent and then not sleeping in it. "Against the rules," says Viv. "People power will get them thrown out the line when they reappear," says Natalie. "The democracy of this place is an amazing part of why it's so special," says Viv.

The Diary soon locates Murray fans. A few places up the line, we find Colette Bennion (below, on the left in front of the Saltire) and Susan Pennington (right). Both English, they live in Cheshire and Edinburgh respectively. Colette teaches radiography and Susan is a sonographer. "I'm British more than English, and Andy Murray's British too," says Colette. "He's our best hope of winning Wimbledon in years; he's committed, his work ethic is amazing. Where he needed to improve, he did it, technically, physically, mentally. He persevered. He's motivated. Why wouldn't you support him?"

The Diary could not agree more.

Just what do the English have against Andy?

The Diary is inundated with press releases plugging trash and selling rubbish.

Such products won't ever get mentions here unless: a) your PR guff is accompanied with a hefty cash bung in a brown envelope, or; b) your bumf is just so out there that it begs inclusion. Sunbaba's "really great-looking scrim" last week fell into this category. Today, though, we seek all or any PR puffery (especially from universities/ psychologists/behavioural researchers) that might help us answer the following. Why is Andy Murray seemingly not as appreciated by Britain at large as Chris Hoy? Is it really because of one long-ago quip – and a wholly understandable one, at that – about not supporting England? Answers in a thesis to n.harris@independent.co.uk

Have-a-go hero sees honour is upheld

More hero news from the Honorary Stewards: one of them broke up a big fight between youths in Car Park 10 one night late last week. He put one kid who had been badly bloodied in the recovery position, called the police and an ambulance, and restored peace single-handed. This is stiff-upper-lippery of the highest order, and one of the reasons that Wimbledon is such a class event.

Judy's vehicle to success

On the subject of Murrays, Andy's mum Judy has had her car searched by security men in Car Park 10, where it costs £25 a day to park. Double whammy or what?

Judy, like Oscar Wilde, had nothing to declare but her genius.

Suggested Topics
Sport
The sun rises over St Andrews golf course, but will it be a new dawn for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club?
sportAnd it's Yes to women (at the R&A)
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
footballToure's lack of defensive work is big problem for City
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week