Wimbledon 2013: More like Glastonbury than Murray Mound after Andy Murray progresses to semi-final over five sets
What was once known as Henman Hill looked worse for wear yesterday
Paul Bignell is an Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has previously been the acting News Editor of the i Paper, a home news reporter for The Independent for one year and a reporter for the Independent on Sunday for six years.
Thursday 04 July 2013
As thousands descended from a jubilant Murray Mound tonight, some clearly worse for wear, what was left behind looked more like the aftermath from Glastonbury, rather than the refined environs of the All England Club.
The area, scattered with debris and over filled bins was earlier closed by officials and police due to safety fears whilst Andy Murray battled it out with Fernando Verdasco. The whole area erupted with such volume when Murray stormed to victory, they could most likely be heard in the home counties. But the number 2 seed hadn't made it easy for the thousands watching on the steep bank at SW19 nor for the millions watching on TV, yet they stuck by him.
“Nobody moved from here when he was two sets down. We all knew he could do it” said Marie Head, 33 who was their with her friend Claire Bavington also 33 both from London, even though they admitted they could barely see the big screens. “The atmosphere was brilliant.”
Security guards battled to keep walkways clear as thousands of fans squeezed onto the small area. Many clutched union flags, and cheered regularly but the crowd rose to their feet as Murray took the match.
Mandy Stapleton, 51, from Teddington, west London, said the experience was: “absolutely amazing.”
“We were worried he was going to lose but he did it, wow! We hope he can get through and win, we hope he can do it. This is his best chance this year. It was cramped and hot here, but it was well worth it.”
Spanish fan Carlos Lopez, 21, who works in London as a hospital scrub nurse, said: “Obviously it's disappointing.
”I have to say that he (Verdasco) was playing great. But in the end he got tired and he wasn't strong enough mentally. It was a great game, and a great atmosphere here. I'm from Madrid, same as Verdasco, so obviously I wanted him to win, but it didn't happen. It was still great to be here.“
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