Andy played a match to remember. It was a joy to watch the struggle and then to witness a turn around in a match that seemed to be lost. It had skill, pace, determination, athleticism, emotion, high tempo, edge of the seat type entertainment. (as Alan Hanson might say!). If ever there was an example of never say die, Andy exemplified this and delivered for himself and all his British fans.
By comparing this performance with many of the woman's games this week.... hang on before you jump at me remember its not only me that brings this up now! It is all over the media today.. in comparison there is well, no comparison. Not even from the highest woman's seeds in the competition.
And of course it would be really great - wouldn't it Harriet - if Women were to be given a leg up in life - using some kind of magic - and made more equal on centre court. Alas, they are not and cannot be given this chance. Why then should it be different in any other walk of life?
The do gooders and policy makers whose power goes the head as predictably as the debate about Andy's comments about English football, seem to become so detached with the natural way of things that from a daft new piece of legislation they think they can change the world overnight.
Don't get me wrong, I like woman's tennis, I also like ping pong. Everyone has ability but equality ? That sounds like a sci fi film I would rather not be living in. When are we going to realise and settle on the truth of the matter which is that men, woman, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs all have their very own unique strengths and weaknesses. The blessed can discover their gifts early and develop them with the right level of support from others. OK we all need a bit of a leg up now and then but only in the right circumstances for example when this helps us reach our true potential maximizing on the gifts we already have.
Well done Andy. Good luck in the next round. As you say , anyone but England mate .....