They’ve done it again! Even though I warned them, they’ve gone and done it again.
What? I hear you ask.
The bloody sports media, that’s who and what.
Over the last few weeks Andy Murray very quietly won back to back tournaments out in the far east.
You didn’t know it at the time because the press were very quiet on the subject, too busy gloating over that pasting City gave United, rumbling about Wales winning the rugby world cup or not, (See, that’s another instance. The press were all full of how England were going to stuff everybody, ha, and Wales were just getting on with the job of stuffing everyone. Then what happens? England get knocked out, as do Scotland and Ireland and all the attention turns to Wales, pages and pages of the stuff, some of it at the front of the papers too, (I particulkarly noted with dread an article about how fantastic Captain Sam was, how he inspired his teammates and took such pride in his role) not just the back and well it was all over then bar the recriminations really wasn’t it? Wales never had a chance once the media started eulologising them and poor old Captain Sam.)
Back to the tennis. Last week the tour returned to Europe and the press began to take notice, Murray was on a roll, he could win again, he could overhaul Rafa Nadal as world No 2.
He could retire in the third round with a bum strain.
But were they deterred?
No, they still had to keep on.
Rafa chose not to play in Paris.
Djokovic was suffering from a shoulder injury.
Federer doesn’t really strike fear into anybody’s heart these days.
Murray was practically guaranteed to win this tournament.
Today Djokovic withdrew.
The only real threat left was Federer and we all know that’s no threat at all, don’t we?
Sky sports coverage started with a lengthy montage of Murray’s greatest moments, lifting trophies right, left and centre.
“Stop it!”, I yelled at the screen. “Don’t you know what you are doing?”
But then they cut to the commentators sitting either side of the trophy up for grabs in gay Pareee. The intended connection was there for everyone to see.
“Please don’t!”, I sobbed. “Please don’t do this.”
But they weren’t listening.
And so having exercised their hex to the greatest extent we went to the match, according to the subtext ready to watch Murray steamroller aside his lanky opponent, Berdych, and continue his majesterial progress towards the title.
“You stupid bastards!”, I screamed. “Don’t you know what you have done?”
Berdych won having dropped the first set and got the second on a tie break.
When will they ever learn?
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