Being an English tennis fan certainly isn’t the world sport’s most rewarding venture, but all of that could be about to change thanks to the offspring of another hero from a different sport - or more accurately; his offspring.
At the moment it’s just Andy Murray who fly’s the flag for his country, and even he does about as much to distance himself from the St George’s cross as a student does from writing an essay or dissertation.
Aside from the staunch Scot you have Laura Robson and Heather Watson as young prospects in the women’s game, but they are light years behind the likes of Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.
So, who’s left to save English tennis then? – David Beckham, that’s who.
Yep, good old ‘Golden Balls’ may be the former darling of the England’s footballing world – he always will be to me – but now the impeccable Beckham genes have crossed over on to his children; they’re shaping up to be quite the brood.
Firstly you have the eldest, Brooklyn, who is following his dad into the football world – he’s been training with Arsenal’s Academy and while he is due to be released, there are no shortage of suitors.
Now, however, the middle son, Romeo Beckham, despite only being 12-years-old, is being tipped as the next best thing for England in the world of tennis.
Like his older brother, Romeo is involved in the Arsenal youth set-up and is receiving plaudits for his skills on the pitch, but his tennis coach believes that his biggest impact on the sporting world is likely to come on-court.
His tennis coach, John Johnson, who is paid £30-per-hour by the David and his wife, Posh Spice Victoria, reckons that the youngster has everything it takes to be a star like current heroes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"Romeo Beckham could have a serious tennis future," Johnson told the Daily Star.
"He has a lot of talent and very good hand-eye coordination. I’m going to have a meeting with his mother about it to reinforce that,” he said. “I’m not sure his parents realise how good he is.
"Romeo really loves tennis. He is really into it and very talented."
"Romeo has a natural swing and is very enthusiastic, he just loves it. He kept telling me and I could see how focused he was.
"He is very energetic, very quick and strong. He has very good hand-eye coordination. They were there for three hours every morning.
"We start at 10 to 1 so they brought their snack and lunch - some fruit, protein bars and of course water, just healthy stuff. I never saw them with anything unhealthy like crisps or chocolate, not a chance."
So very soon it would appear that Romeo, with an gentle nudge from his parents no doubt, will have to make a decision over which path is right for him.
Tennis fans in this country will pray it to be with a racquet in-hand. Who knows how long it will be for another patriotic Englishmen to step forward and conqueror. We do really need to let Murray go, he’s not for ‘God save the Queen’, but it runs deep in the Beckham family – David admitted the other day that he massively misses playing for his country most of all.
Come on Romeo, choose tennis!
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