London Is Calling Andy Murray

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If you ever go to Wimbledon, look up to the clouds and read their linings, you might spot the etched sentence across them: "No British man has won Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936."


That may or may not be a hallucination, but the sentence has lurked over southwest London for a long time, ever since the 1936 men's final when Perry scored a 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 rout of Gottfried von Cramm, the German noted for once receiving a phone call from Adolf Hitler shortly before a Davis Cup tie.



Perry would live to see his own statue at the All England Club, much-deserved for a man who won 10 Grand Slam tournaments but also six medals in world table tennis, showing a rare capacity to thwack balls regardless of whether tournament organizers elected to include...

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