What is it about Andy Murray that divides the UK so much? Yesterday a fellow blogger went for the jugular, citing his 'refusal to bow to the Queen' as the reason. Lurking in the background was the years-old comment he made during banter with Tim Henman on a TV show, when he joked he'd support 'anyone but England' in some football match.
For those who missed it yesterday, Andy Murray was interviewed after his first match at Wimbledon. The interviewer was good enough to bring up the question of his refusal to bow to the Queen and it was firmly rebutted. Anyone could see the lad was visibly upset at the lies being pedaled around the MSM and he said so. His explanation was that protocol had changed recently with regard to addressing royalty and he had only asked the new procedure.
There is an obvious animosity towards the sportsman in England yet he's been in the finals of two Grand Slams this year and performed well throughout his career. He is only 23 and has many years of professional tennis ahead of him.
He's not a celeb he's a sportsman. He doesn't have the PR skills of many politicians or the smarmy casualness of Piers Morgan (thankfully) but as a top rated tennis player he is great entertainment.
I'd suggest if the anti-Andy brigade want to see boors, they could do a great deal better by looking much closer to home. Ooops, they're in South Africa. I wish them well today!