Game, Set and Match

White chalk, net cords and the smell of freshly mown grass signal the climax of the quintessentially English Wimbledon tennis tournament. But how English is it? Admittedly long gone are the days when we relied on Canadian Greg Rusedski for Wimbledon success. In recent years attention has focused on British winner (now Scottish loser…) Andy Murray, and so with his departure hopes turn to Eastbourne based, Hungarian Aussie Johanna Konta for an ‘English’ victory. Those celebrating with a (formerly Irish owned) glass of English Pimms on the (formerly Kiwi owned) Aorangi Terrace (now Scots claimed Murray Mound), might console themselves with the fact that England was once good at tennis. That was between 1897 and 1906 when brothers Reginald and Lawrence Doherty (both born in Wimbledon) won nine times between them.  As English favourite, German born, Irish ancestored, US player turned commentator John McEnroe said ‘The older I get, the better I used to be’.