Andy Murray carries Britain's hopes once again at Wimbledon

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It seems that there are many things in life that change from day to day, week to week, even month to month, but you can be sure that on a yearly basis British tennis expectations will never change.

We are into the second week of the Wimbledon tournament and once again there is just one British player left.

Yes, of course, it is Andy Murray. Once again he the only British player left in either of the singles tournaments, and once again he is carrying British tennis on his shoulders.


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Admittedly, there were some very gallant performances from British players in the first week, but something has to change somewhere along the line as far as British tennis is concerned.

Whether it is a matter of serious hard work on the practice courts, some hard sessions in the gym or a regular session with a psychiatrist, something has to change and quickly.

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Murray by his own admittance may only have three or four years left at the top of the game, and given that he is now 28 years of age, he is probably right. Roger Federer, a legend of the game, is now 33 years old, and hasn't won a Grand Slam tournament for three years.

There are decent quality tennis players in the British Isles, but only a couple of them it seems have the ability and desire to get into the world's top ten or 20 rankings.

Hopeless hopefuls

James Ward very nearly, as always, seems to produce the goods for Great Britain in the Davis Cup and got through to the third round of this year's Wimbledon, but could and should have gone further and Heather Watson took Serena Williams, possibly the greatest ever woman to play the game, to the brink of defeat in the third round,

Both threw away their opportunities, probably because neither could quite believe the position they had got themselves to.

These are good players, as their results have shown, but it is not good enough to produce these performances on a one-off basis every now and then.

They have to become consistent and able to produce top quality performances on a regular weekly basis.

If they don't, then once Murray's performances start to slide as they undoubtedly will do in a few years time, who will be around to take over his mantle?

In short, nobody.

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Heather Watson
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