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Andy Murray’s Australian Open Is No Summer Holiday: Photos

by | 25th, January 2011

TENNIS: The Australian Open turns minds to the new faces of tennis and Andy Murray.

Before Cliff Richard pricked the All England Club into fitting a roof on Wimbledon’s centre court, tennis offered the chance for nostalgia. With rain came a chance to read the paper, tackle the grouting in the downstairs toilet or watch old tennis matches. Now the tennis is on all the time. Tennis is still not big enough to afford seats on Henman Hill nor a decking area, a shed full of umbrellas and pruning shears, and swingball sets, but even without the garden tools the atmosphere at tennis matches has been often like watching The Chelsea Flower Show cabaret.

But this has shifted. Britain has a post-rain champion in Andy Murray. Unlike Tim Henman, who looked like a local solicitor pre-possessed with a tricky conveyancing matter, Murray growls and howls like an actual sportsman.

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