Andy Murray stars in yet another chapter of the abusive and frustrating UK-wants-a-local-to-win-Wimbledon saga. This year, there might be a fighting chance: though Murray has not been a part of the Roger/Rafa/Nole conversation that we’ve all been having for most of 2011 so far, the Scot did make some noise by taking the AEGON grasscourt warm-up. He followed that up with a vintage Murray performance in his first-round match at Wimbledon against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver: a slow start, but an eventual 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-0 victory. (Prediction: Chris has Andy making it all the way to the semis.)
Perhaps those inspirational messages — printed onto his Head racquet bag — helped him out? FYI: comments posted on Head’s FB page are chosen by a team (including Andy) and printed on a limited-edition racquet bag that Murray’ll use throughout the fortnight. (Short and inspirational blurbs are encouraged.) More will be added for every round he plays. The bag will be signed after the tourney’s end and will be raffled off to a fan. Nifty idea, but next time, let’s take the design to the next level, ok? Think Stephen Sprouse.
Do you like me? Check “yes” or “no”: Pass your note to Andy using this Head FB app.
More: Two more pics of the bag after the cut…
(Andy photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images; bag screengrab via Head FB page)