Andy Murray

Andy Murray
Andy Murray changed the attitude towards tennis in Britain.  Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Andy Murray meant we no longer had to accept plucky loserdom

I must be careful here. Careful to not make this read like the man’s obituary. Andy Murray from the small, damp, cratered but elite tennis nation of Scotland isn’t dead, far from potted heid, and not yet even an ex- player. But the distinct and sorrowful and semi-tragic impression we have right now is that he has just zipped up his racket, heaved that holdall capable of housing a small electricity sub-station on to his back and magic-markered his last-ever “AM” on an oversized souvenir ball as the undisputed, all-comers Brigadoon men’s champion. And now we must all go to sleep for 100 years.

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