My friend Leo once said, “A two-set lead? That’s nothing to a pair of chokers like Tim and Greg”. Weirdly, he was dead wrong. Henman and Rusedski had an 8 wins out of 9 Davis Cup doubles record. But it told a truth about British tennis. We never won a match at the top level, the World Group, with the two best players we have had for generations.<br />
So It was good to see a <a href=”http://news.ft.com/cms/s/2230ccb2-8e7e-11d9-8aae-00000e2511c8.html”>proper, nerveless performance by Andrew Murray</a>, who should go on to be a big player. Alex Bodganovic? Get him out of there. He looks like a loser. Again, I refer you to Leo: “Gareth Southgate? Don’t let him take a penalty. You know he’s going to miss.”. Some players just don’t inspire any confidence. Murray has the look of a winner. Bogdanovic has the look of a kid who played tennis because the rugby team looked a bit rough.<br />
Which leads me to, well, rugby. The English rugby team has gone downhill so fast you wonder if the brakes are working at all. They are on their 3rd choice captain, who wasn’t even in the frame a year ago. No offence to Martin Corry, who I think is a terrific player, but hang on. How the hell did we get here? The team could even lose to Scotland at this rate. ‘Building for the world cup’ is the mantra we always hear, but is anyone else thinking 2011 rather than 2007?