What a fantastic sporting performance by Andy Murray – truly epic and game-changing.
While Scotland’s First Minister was able to bask in the reflected glory of this inspiring result, one wonders whether more could be done by the Scottish Government to embed the long-term legacy of this momentous achievement.
Scotland is still in the dark ages as far as the provision of high-quality public tennis facilities is concerned.
In North Lanarkshire, for example, there are fewer than ten public tennis courts.
As for the provision of high-quality indoor facilities necessary to develop future champions, the picture throughout Scotland is even bleaker.
As well as congratulating Andy Murray on his achievement, now is the time for the First Minister to show real leadership and commit the necessary investment to new and improved facilities to ensure it is not another 117 years until Scotland can boast of having the men’s singles champion at Wimbledon.
“Lord Murray of Dunblane” – now that has a fine ring to it.
From a grateful nation.
Bravo Andy, but how predictable, and dispiriting, is the talk of a knighthood.
He is too young, and while he richly deserves “honour” and acclaim, the “Brenglish” establishment and redtops have their own cynical agenda – nobble him before the referendum.
The British honours system is discredited and snobbish, with a disproportionate number of time-servers, incompetents, crooks and odious creeps taking a bow at the palace.
Give Murray a few years to maximise his potential, then, by all means, heap honours and titles on him.
Perhaps in an independent Scotland, the one he might value most would be the “Order of Scotland” or indeed the “Order of St Andrew!”