SW19 Diary: Team Murray not amused by unsolicited 'Come ons'
Friday 24 June 2011
Whatever Wimbledon crowds are known for (Stoicism? Politeness? Queuing?), wit is not it. The habit of some semi-sozzled Home Counties voice braying "Come on, Tim" at a quiet moment of an Andy Murray match has quickly caught on. The Murray camp are not amused. "We were talking about it before my first match, asking how long it would be before the first 'Come on, Tim'," said Murray yesterday. "I said within the first game. It came four minutes in.
"We were going to have a bet and everyone gave a minute when it would be said. It's a classic, that one. Hilarious. It happens every match, three or four times. I do not find it particularly amusing."
He is not alone.
Brother Jamie is a big (and painful) hit
The on-court focus of the Murray camp yesterday was out on No 7 where Jamie opened his doubles campaign with Sergiy Stakhovsky. The Ukrainian's family may now have mixed views on Murray Snr, who doubles as an Independent columnist. On the plus side Jamie offered his seat to Mrs Stakhovsky as she had nowhere to sit in the crowd, but then undid his good work by walloping a serve into the side of his (and her) partner's head. "I hit him flush in the ear," said Murray. "He was a bit annoyed." At least the pairing – this is their second match together – won.
Subcontinent on same side of net
One of the more remarkable matches yesterday was on No 6 Court where the Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah took the final set 21-19 to defeat Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Apart from the score what stands out about the doubles is that the losing pair come from India and Pakistan respectively, both players being vigorous campaigners for better relations between their two countries. Qureshi, whose grandfather was All-India champion in the days before partition, is a man who likes to make a stand: his previous partner was Israeli Amir Hadad.
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