IAN COLE profiles another of the candidates for the SJA Sportsman of the Year Awards – tennis Grand Slam finallist Andy Murray
Andy Murray doesnâ€™t much like journalists. Which is a problem when you consider he is arguably our best-known face of British sport worldwide (David Beckham having been consigned to the modelling lounge).
However, the boy from Dunblane has done good. So good, in fact, that he rose to No4 in world tennis when he beat Rafael Nadal in the semi-final at the US Open last month and had a lot of us staying up late that Monday night when he went down in the final against a rejuvenated Roger Federer.
Think about it. For years we longed for a John McEnroe character on court who would take on the world. Now, when he comes along, we criticise his scruffy appearance, his grudging monosyllabic replies at press conferences, his occasional audible expletives.
Chaps, we didnâ€™t like it either when Tim Henman was nestling in the worldâ€™s top 10 year after year, with his pathetic limp-wristed punch of triumph and refusing to say boo to a goose.
So what do we want? Donâ€™t vote for Murray if you think he is one for the future. Vote for him if you think his are the top performances in British sport this year.