Andy Murray's Wimbledon win inspires Shropshire
Telford tennis coach Neil Devereux leads the tributes to Andy Murray on Shropshirestar.com after the 77-year wait for a British Wimbledon winner comes to an end.
I'm not sure it's even possible to do justice in words to what happened yesterday but I will try by putting it into capital letters - ANDY MURRAY IS THE WIMBLEDON CHAMPION!!
Admittedly, I never thought I would ever say this. I have been playing tennis for most of my life and coaching for half of it and, other than last year, we have never even come close.
But Sunday was the day when 77 years of hurt came to an end. And what a game! This wasn't one of those nervy moments when Britain choked in the face of pressure, this was Britain at its finest.
Bulldog spirit was evident by the spadeful as Murray marched on with a partisan crowd backing his every move. And haven't we been spoiled this weekend, what with the Lions to trouncing the Wallabies too!
So what does this mean for British tennis as a whole? We have had the likes of Jeremy Bates and Tim Henman giving us a stir but is Murray the true saviour of our sport?
We certainly hope so. We have waited a long time for a rival to Fred Perry and now, finally, we have someone able to lift the profile of tennis in the United Kingdom.
Wimbledon fortnight is always busy at Telford Tennis Centre but Murray's win could maintain the fever for months if not years.
We are lucky in that we already have some amazing talent coming through our doors week after week, but who knows what sort of talent could be unearthed by Murray's victory.
Tennis has now a champion that will be as recognisable as any Premier League footballer and, most importantly, seen as a winner.
This weekend will inspire future generations for years to come. If you need a reference, look what has happened to British Cycling after the Olympics and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France.
What is vital is how we capture that talent, how we nurture it, how we find it in the first place.
Well, for a start you can sign your children up to our tennis summer camps which take place throughout the school holiday.
It's a great chance for them to improve their game or get the tennis bug for the first time.
In the meantime, let's bask in the glory of a home-grown British champion, as the record books will tell us that Halley's Comet comes around more often.
But I have got a feeling we won't be waiting too long for the next one.
Neil Devereux is part of the First Point Tennis Aacdemy. He's an LTA Level Five Master Performance coach.
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