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The darling of Middle England was on Centre Court yesterday, but for once Kate Windsor was not the focus of attention. Most of the spectators were there to see someone who is more likely to win Wimbledon than earn that soubriquet.
Fred Perry even seduced Marlene Dietrich during an affair with a lesbian
Should we be jealous of Rory McIlroy, multi-millionaire golfer, reigning US Open champion and – as of Sunday – the planet's number one player? Probably not.
Scot heads for America in good heart despite falling at the last hurdle against a familiar foe
As Andy Murray said on the eve of this tournament, some people like Dubai and some do not. Murray says he enjoys visiting the emirate's sights, but yesterday the 24-year-old Scot struggled once again at the Dubai Duty Free Championships. Having been unwell on two of his previous appearances, Murray again felt under the weather but he gritted his teeth to close out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 first-round victory over Germany's Michael Berrer.
On Saturday he went up the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, yesterday he held court at the Burj Al Arab, the iconic Dubai hotel built in the shape of a billowing sail, and tomorrow he will get back to the business of playing matches. The Dubai Duty Free Championships, which begin here today, will be Andy Murray's first tournament since the Australian Open ended four weeks ago.
British No 1's first opponent is United States' fiery new hope of finally ending a men's Grand Slam drought
He is Britain's No 1 table tennis player but believes we need another Desmond Douglas
"Och Andy!" wailed Linda Tront, summing up the despair of a nation as Andy Murray was beaten in straight sets at the Australian Open final last night, dashing hopes of an end to Britain's 75-year drought of male grand slam winners.
As two 23-year-olds lock horns in today's Australian Open final, the burden of expectation is on Andy's shoulders – but true Brit can take the weight
Scot in final after four-set win over Ferrer / Hot conditions should work in his favour
The 2011 Australian Open could be a memorable year, or at least a memorable tournament for British tennis fans.
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Andy Murray fell short in his bid to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a grand slam yesterday.
It is 76 years since a British man won the Australian Open but there will be one former player here from the country that produced Fred Perry who knows what it takes to reach the final of the year's opening Grand Slam tournament. Since Perry beat Jack Crawford in 1934, John Lloyd is the only Briton who has made it to the men's singles final. He did so in 1977, losing in five sets to Vitas Gerulaitis.
Britain's Andy Murray has signed a "long-term" sportswear deal with German firm Adidas from 2010, ending his long-standing partnership with Fred Perry.