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The gatherings on Murray Mount have become a Wimbledon tradition nearly as familiar as strawberries and cream. The crowds there watched Tim Henman lose four semifinals. They were also around for Murray’s previous three semis. But this time was meant to be different.
In a summer of sports in Britain, with the London Olympics coming up, many had hoped Murray could finally win in the same year as Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60-year reign. The last time a British woman won Wimbledon was when Virginia Wade did it in 1977, the year of the queen’s Silver Jubilee.
That weight may only get heavier, until the day he’s finally able to lift that elusive golden trophy. Having ended one British drought by finally reaching the final, the expectations are only set to increase next year. Murray, though, thinks he can handle it.
“It’s not an easy tournament for British players in many ways, but I think I dealt with all of the extra things away from the tournament pretty well, better than maybe I had done in the past,” Murray said. “Yeah, it was my first time in a Wimbledon final. I’d never been there before. I played three semis beforehand. So I’m still improving, still playing better tennis, trying to improve, which is all I can do.”
On this day, though, a lone Scottish bag pipe played solemnly on Murray Mount. As the sun came back out and the sky cleared again shortly after the match, a rainbow could be seen toward central London. That was enough for many to hold out hope.
“One day he’ll win it, with any luck,” Greenough said. “Give him a year or two, he’ll get there.”
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