Sunday, 8 July 2012

The Unpredictable Joy of Sport!

Jonny Marray (right) and Frederick Nielsen celebrate with their trophies

Yesterday evening we witnessed a sporting phenomena.  In an age where sometimes it appears that everything is preordained and predictable a pair of tennis players turned the sporting world upside down.

Unseeded and unheralded Jonny Marray and his Danish partner Freddie Nielson won the Wimbledon Mens Doubles title. Typically of the inept British mainstream media they had crept unnoticed through round after round despatching seeded pairs unceremoniously one after the other. It was only after they beat the Bryan brothers in the semi-final that the press corps woke up to the fact that Britain, in this case England, had a Wimbledon finalist.

I have been seeking a sporting comparison and the best that I can come up with is Loughborough Dynamo beating Chelsea in the FA Cup Final! After all Marray is no young kid; he is 31 and has been around for a while. I had never heard of his partner but they qualified as a wild card pairing. They are so scratch that Nielson was not even Marray's original partner!

It is so unlikely, so wonderfully unpredictable, that it epitomises the joy of sport. I hope it changes Marray's life because his temperament alone deserves this success.

Oh and one final thought on this tennis day of all tennis days...come on Andy!

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