Wimbledon 2012: Stars come out for Andy Murray but it all ends in tears
David and Victoria Beckham at Wimbledon THERE was an historic British triumph to savour for the millions captivated by the action from Wimbledon yesterday, but unfortunately it came during the rain delay.
The repeat of the victory for Jonathan Marray in the men’s doubles, rather than Andy Murray in the men’s singles screened as a filler while the roof rolled its way across Centre Court would have been missed by those taking a mental health break midway through an emotionally exhausting afternoon’s viewing.
In the end it proved the only item of TV gold on a day which had promised the feelgood event of the sporting summer, but delivered a Bafta nominated weepie.
WIMBLEDON 2012: IN PICTURES Not since The Waltons was on its regular run were so many tissues used up in sitting rooms up and down the country simultaneously on a Sunday tea-time.
There was an uneasy feeling that the BBC might have gone too early with a rousing introductory segment more than an hour before the first ball was struck that brought a lump to John McEnroe’s throat.
In the end it proved the only item of TV gold on a day which had promised the feelgood event of the sporting summer, but delivered a Bafta nominated weepie If the match is anywhere near as good as that piece we ll be all right, he said.
It was, but thanks to the most unlikely of bad guys, Roger Federer, we weren t.
The early taste of the magnificent McEnroe proved illusionary as he was frustratingly whisked away by American TV before the start of the match.
What with Pat Cash also doing a disappearing act to show off his prominent chest hair on the radio, the BBC were suddenly struggling to fill their commentary box.
Andrew Castle, a British No1 in an era when the status carried with it the likelihood of a first-round exit at Wimbledon, was landed with Tim Henman and Boris Becker for company.
Both are past masters at statements of the obvious, an accusation which could certainly not be levelled at Castle after his observation from Centre Court that 15,000 people breathing put out an awful lot of oxygen and water .
Courtside, there were plenty of stars to choose from, including fake royalty in the Beckhams and the genuine version in the Duchess of Cambridge.
The ever-willing Garry Richardson snared Becks, but was unable to add Kate to his interview hit list, which also included Sir Steve Redgrave, twice, and Doctor Who.
Full marks to Richardson for cunningly attempting to use The Doctor’s time-travel skills to find out the result of the final before it was played, but Matt Smith was having none of it.
If I told you, I d have to kill you, said The Time Lord, a threat which would have had those viewers who prefer not to have Alan Partridge in their living rooms, egging him on towards full disclosure.
As it turned out though, it was better not to know…