Wimbledon is almost over.
Winning Wimbledon 6 times is no easy task. If you are Federer who is now of retirement age has beat the odds to make it to the final tomorrow. Age plays a major factor in time and play. If you are 30 playing an opponent 10 years younger, you have experience but tired and worn out muscles.
I admire him for his tenacity and quiet, relaxed motion on the court. He is the epitome of world talent in a wiry body. Rarely does he appear nervous or anxious. He has a backhand unknown to most because it seems so natural and easy for him. No struggle, no over exertion just graceful movements.
Federer is the father of twins and being married with young children can hinder the spirit and physical strength. In his case, you wouldn’t know the difference.
Roger Federer is a gentleman’s gentleman. He is loved by his peers and exhibits a role model of excellent behavior on and off the court.
On the other side of the court history could also be made.
Andy Murray from Glasgow, Scotland is 25. The last man to win Wimbledon who was a native Brit was in 1936. Decades have past with winners from all over the world but not one from England. England is waiting.
Wimbledon is considered the tournament of class. The English with their traditions have kept them at the forefront of the game.
One tradition kept has been the dress code of players. From the beginning you only wore white on a tennis court. England refuses to stray from such a tradition and there is something to be said for that. However the competition in tournaments has touted every color of the spectrum in player’s fashion.
Andy Murray has come up through the ranks of England’s tennis pros from a rather horrid situation. He was one of many young students in Dunblane Primary School in 1996 when it was attacked by a gunman that killed 17 people. The Dunblane School Massacre as it was named left a scar in his life. The gunman had direct connections to Murray who rarely speaks of that horrible day. Very young when it happened, Murray took cover in a classroom.
He was born with a kneecap that had 2 separate bones. Never fusing together as they should, the condition has hampered his play at times producing severe pain and causing him to remove himself from certain events. He uses different techniques to curb the pain to continue playing tennis.
Murray is ranked #4 in the world but knowing how England loves him, winning Wimbledon would place his name in the record books as their champion of champions.
Just like Federer, Murray is a quiet, focused young man. Rarely showing emotion, he is also an example of composure and manners.
For those like me who love the game of tennis, I am torn between these two men as to whom I want to win.
Do I pull for Federer who may never win another major tournament?
Or do I pull for England’s only rising star that has yet to reach his full potential?
I cannot choose.
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