As the dust finally settles on Andy Murray’s valiant attempt to win a Grand Slam Tennis final at the fourth attempt, we are all left with our recollections of the events and soon our perceptions of those reflections (i.e did we waste emotions and time). The empirical events played out , not the emotions or hopes, are what will come to dominate, and with time become the exclusive record. The rest of what was a turbulent and eventful Wimbledon fortnight at The All England Tennis Club is consigned to history. So ..Let it Be.
(The 2012 montage is certainly not as creative as previous years. However nothing can live up to the one below!)
It’s simple Murray’s name is not on the Wimbledon trophy for 2012 and how he reacts to that fact will determine whether the defeat is a “bump in a road” or a “hole in his motorway”. Longer term it will determine whether he see’s mountains or mole hills at every turn: And ultimately goes on to secure the win I believe he is capable off.
Murray’s tears at the end of the match were saddening but good to see as they convinced us he cares profoundly about his career, his legacy and the Wimbledon championship. In a sense we all knew that was never in doubt. The fact is if he is going to take the next step up those tears must be banished and forged into an armoured defence. What is now required is Spartan steel, as personified by the ice-man Lendl, if he is to beat the four riders of his own personal “apocalypse”. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and – the ever improving – Tsonga. The next tears we want to see are of joy.
In this day and age Murray could just take the Money. Many of our bankers would play the options game chasing the places and accumulate through the margins, knowing the “big ones” always come at a hidden high price. Andy Murray is over £500,000 better off for his exertions, enough for any young man, yet the profound sadness he exhibited sets him apart from the journeymen sportsmen and émigré footballers, and other also-rans who would bemoan the lost money. Roger Federer took over a £1,000,000 home
Getting to the final and playing so well show’s Murray has the capability and the desire to achieve a Grand slam win. The question is does he have the mental strength after all the tumult?
I believe Lendl is having a good impact but still believe he could actually learn something from the route taken by our first Male Wimbledon Champion in a generation. Marray, by re-appraising his skill set, revisiting something once forgotten with new eyes (e.g. his doubles partner), and by taking a high risk strategy managed to outperform beyond reason. He also chose to suspend his own disbelief, which is why his next big reward will probably be a movie about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Though I do hope the pairing of Jonathan Marray and Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen will add to their doubles titles: at least once more!
This off-course represents a profound over simplification of the situation. Andy Murray’s wall is so much higher, the forces set against it so much greater, which makes his task appear even more Herculean. Many people under the weight of these odds would “Let it Be” and play for position and tour earnings. However “Let It Be” – thankfully for the BBC – offers up a certain ambivalance of meaning and shares the attributes of the famous saying “Let him have it”. How it is expressed and the context of use will determine what is being signified. The question is will he “Let it be” and move on not letting the loss inhabit his mind or “Let it Be” and wallow in the sense of fatalism and the aura of what’s pre-determined
If he does choose to seek inspiration the irony is he won’t have to look any further than his nemesis Roger Federer. In 2010 he was written off by some as being past his prime. This was translated into a “Fall from Grace” in 2011 when Jo Wilfred Tsonga came back from two sets to love to win 3 sets to 2 sets. In that moment of extreme vulnerability, hurt from a soul crushing defeat, uncertain as to the role of time and fate was going to play in his future – and still tantalisingly close to confirming his greatness by equally Pete Sampras’ record 7 Wimbledon wins – he probably would have wished the BBC hadn’t produced one of their greatest tennis related creative flourishes .
Just think how Roger Federer felt listening to this as his world collapsed and his dreams faded….. and everything felt so far away…….And remember you just beat Tsonga… Inspiring enough Andy?