BRITAIN’S agonising year-long wait for a native tennis player to win at Wimbledon looks set to stretch into July.
The drought, which has lasted since Andy Murray won back in the mists of last year, has sparked a crisis at the sport’s grass roots.
Tennis coach Nathan Muir said: “We host the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, but we haven’t been able to find a player who can win it in almost 12 months.
Every year, Wimbledon rolls around and every year, with the slight exception of last year, the British players crash out in the first round.
Did all those whose hope died on Henman Hill see it die for nothing? Where are the Andy Murrays of 2014?
The wait for a British winner immediately follows the previous 77-year wait after the 1936 triumph of laurel wreath-wearing Fred Perry over a perspiring and furious Adolf Hitler.
Brit Virginia Wade did win a title in 1977, but it is widely considered not to count because she was a woman.
Murray himself said: “Id give anything to end British tennis fans’ endless wait to see one of their own triumph on Centre Court.
“Even my most treasured possession, the Wimbledon title I won last year.