Thursday, July 4, 2013

Is Andy Murray Good Enough to Overcome the Curse of Cameron?

(July 4, 2013)--First off, a very happy 4th of July to all of my American readers.

Good, now that we've got that out of the way, let's get back to the matters at hand across the pond at Wimbledon. The British press have made a very big deal out of the "Curse of Cameron" ever since Laura Robson got a shout-out from the British Prime Minister's official Twitter feed and proceeded to get bounced out of Wimbledon in a winnable match against Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Robson's loss wasn't the first time that a British athlete lost a sporting event despite the unabashed backing of Prime Minister Cameron. According to The Telegraph, Cameron witnessed the hardships of many a British athlete during the 2012 London Olympic Games, and he was also in attendance for last year's Wimbledon final when Andy Murray lost to Roger Federer.

Which is why Great Britain is breathing a collective sigh after Murray fought back from a two-set deficit against Spain's Fernando Verdasco to reach the Wimbledon semis even though this tweet from Cameron had hit the internet prior to his match:

Either Murray is some kind of superhuman who is impervious to the curse, or, perhaps more likely, the curse is a product of the press's outlandish imagination and lack of, um, shall we say better ideas?

Murray isn't having it that's for sure, here's what he told the press after Wednesday's win over Verdasco:

Q. There's been talk about David Cameron having tweeted you this morning and the so called curse of Cameron, which I think sort of spooked the country a bit. Is that something you were aware of? How superstitious are you about things like that?

ANDY MURRAY: No. What he tweets has absolutely zero bearing on the outcome of my match today zero at all. It's nice to get messages from the prime minister, but whether I win or not, his tweet has no bearing on that at all. That's just people trying to make a story out of nothing.


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