I'm a big fan of Wimbledon and have been ever since I was a kid. I'm not a serious tennis fan but certainly dip in and out during the Grand Slams. Every year I've watched waiting for a British winner and absolutely loved it yesterday, I have a lot of respect for Murray and think he thorougly deserved it. I think deep down I never thought I'd see a British Wimbledon win and not that it matters doubt I'll ever see an English one (probably the next quest).
It certainly got me thinking though. A British Wimbledon winner was probably one of the 3 sporting droughts I've longed to see broken since a kid. The other two being an English win in the FIFA World Cup (I'd probably take a Euros now) and a British/English defeat of the Aussies when it matters in RL.
I'm equally pessimistic as I used to be about Wimbledon as I am about those two. From a Football point of view I think we are slipping further and further away from being a major player. I've noticed a sea change in the last couple of years and I unless there is drastic change think we're going to be seen soon enough by the rest of the world like Poland/Austria/Czech Rep are now, ie very much second tier.
Do we stand a chance of breaking the 41 year drought that we are suffering in Rugby League anytime soon?
Sadly, in a BBC article talking about long sporting droughts we didn't warrant a mention whereas Morocco waiting 37 years for African Nations glory and 49 years of hurt for the US Olympic Women's Volleyball team did.
Personally, I'm not sure I'll witness it but I live in hope. We just don't have the strength in depth in comparison to them and the modern sport of Rugby League is so unforgiving of inequality. British tennis is shocking but an individuals drive and determination can result in a one-off World Class player like Murray. We have to produce a higher number of world class players with a smaller pool.
Recently, it's happened too many times to get too excited about the prospect of it in finals etc. I highly doubt that I'll ever see us dominate them and go into a tournament as favourites but there is always the chance that we'll catch them having an off day in a final like with the Kiwis in 2005. I live in hope of that day!