Brits Wimbledon hoodoo must end soon

1936. The last year a Brit won the Wimbledon male singles championship.

It has been 73 years since Fred Perry lifted the most prestigious title in tennis on his home soil. For British tennis, this is a hugely embarrassing statistic.

The diagram shown here illustrates just how far we’ve lagged behind other nations. The pie chart shows the  nationalities of the players who have won Wimbledon since the war.

America lead the way, having won 24 championships  They have consistently produced legends such as Sampras, McEnroe, Connors and Agassi. The list goes on..

The Aussies are next with a very healthy 16 titles, the majority of which were won during a golden era of Australian tennis which boasted Laver, Emerson and Newcombe. 

Sweden have seven, (mostly thanks to a certain Mr Borg, with a little help from Stefan Edberg) Then comes Roger Federer, sorry, Switzerland…with six titles.

We host the best tournament in the world, benefit from the exposure it receives as well as the riches it generates – yet we cannot produce a home-grown talent capable of winning the thing.

How we could with Andy Murray winning the trophy so we could have a little Great Britain slice of the pie. It’s more than a bit overdue.

Recommended links –

Daily Mail – Fred Perry legend casts shadow over Murray

The Independent – Legend Ivanisevic offers to help find Britain a Wimbledon Champ

Sportingo – Murray can end years of heartbreak

I was able to make my chart through data provided by the Guardian’s Data-store website. This is a link to the raw data –  http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=rLlV8BN6ztlo7Ad4UCUMCYw

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