Murray Mound replaces Robson Green at Wimbledon

June 23, 2009

murraywinThe world famous Aorangi Terrace at Wimbledon, for so long known as ‘Henman Hill’ after SW19’s favourite son, was restored to ‘Murray Mound’ on Tuesday after flirting with a new name on Monday.

Young Briton Laura Robson, at 15 the youngest female in the main draw since Martina Hingis in 1995, opened up the tournament by losing to Slovakia’s Daniel Hantuchova, though by winning the first set there were once again delirious scenes prompting the terrace’s short-lived name change to Robson Green.

But once Andy Roddick got underway, following Venus Williams on Centre Court, it wasn’t long until the world’s number three male player walked casually into the All England club.

A few minutes shy of 1440 GMT and the Briton made his laid-back entrance with just a friend for company, a contrast to some players who arrive in cars with tinted windows and a brigade of supporters. It’s a wonder there’s any space for their enormous bags.

Murray began his tilt at the Wimbledon just a couple of hours later and didn’t disappoint, looking every bit a potential victor by overcoming inspired American Robbie Kendrick, who dived for just about everything on court. The American even saluted the crowd after losing with a dive earning him many friends.

Next up for Murray is Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, another tricky opponent who reached the French Open quarters last year.

Another one to watch is Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. You can’t miss him — not only is he 6’6″ but his shots are straight from the top shelf.

PHOTO: Andy Murray reacts during his match against Robert Kendrick at Wimbledon, June 23, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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