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Cold, damp and on the losing side: A British sporting summer



If you were being uncharitable you’d call it a typical scene from a British summer: a few hundred hardy fans braving the cold, the damp and the threat of travel chaos to stay on long after the TV cameras had packed up and watch Andy Murray partner Lleyton Hewitt in a meaningless doubles match at Queen’s.

“Come on Andy!” “Come on Muzzah!” they shouted from deep within their coats and under their blankets but the chants seemed more to encourage themselves on another gloomy evening than for the British number one.

In any case, it was all to no avail, as Murray and Hewitt lost 6-4 6-3 to Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach in the second round.

It’s easy to see why the fans were prepared to bear the cold, many of them for a second day running, all for a glimpseĀ of Murray before he makes his debut in the main draw. As a singles player, Murray is ranked at number three in the world and is the country’s great hope of a first men’s title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.