I can cry like Roger. It's just a shame I can't play like him, declared Andy Murray after the 2010 Australian Open. And on Sunday, he proved himself right. The formerly stoic Scotsman turned the Wimbledon men's final into a four-hanky weeper with a display of manly histrionics that left his audience in tears.
I think he won over a lot of people and the hearts of the fans because of the emotions he showed in Australia, and now again here, a href=http://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/it-was-always-going-to-end-in-tears-admits-roger-federer-1-2401772 target=_blanksaid/a Roger Federer, a notoriousa href=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/rogerfederer/5470658/French-Open-2009-Roger-Federers-tears-through-the-years.html?image=1 target=_blank tennis court-crier/a himself, It does show as well that we are human.
A bit too human, perhaps. It's raining tears these days. Everyone is waxing lachrymose, from politicians to reality TV contestants to movie stars - and it's a global epidemic.Even cultures known for their circumspection can't seem to stop blubbering. Ice-cold Swedes like Bjorn Borg have been replaced by shameless sobbers a la Federer. The Brits like to blame the damn Americans, who have always been an emotional lot - especially in front of the camera. And thanks to Hollywood - aka American cultural imperialism - we're all Yanks now, eagerly wiping our snot on our sleeves. A dour realisation that hit the Brits when they lost it over Princess Di, and regressed right into Tony Blair's Cool Brittania.The stiff upper lip is but a fond memory.
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