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British tennis fans are celebrating this week. As are many of the rest of us.

We finally have a male Briton as winner of a Wimbledon singles tournament once again. Andy Murray is the first since Fred Perry won in … 1936.

Thankfully, Virginia Wade achieved a memorable Wimbledon singles win for the nation in 1977. Otherwise, we would have had an incredibly long wait.

Last year — in 2012 — the 26-year old won the US Open and the Gold medal for Team GB at the Olympics. And, now, Wimbledon.

Well done, Andy!

By today’s excuse-making standards, he shouldn’t have been a survivor, an overcomer or a winner:

Growing up in Scotland, he was a pupil at Dunblane Primary School and was in class on the fateful day of the massacre in 1996. He and his mother even knew the killer, Thomas Hamilton.

– Andy was also born with a bipartite patella, which was diagnosed when he was 16. This means that his kneecap is two separate bones that never fused together as they should have during childhood. When he’s occasionally hugging his knee during play, that is the reason why.

– His family funded his tennis training in Spain. As a Yahoo UK article says, Scotland and tennis are not exactly natural companions.

So, Murray grew up with a psychological trauma, physical pain and no British funding of his talent. Most people these days would have given up, yet he and his family overlooked all of these and pressed on to win.

There’s a lesson here for everyone — let’s stop making excuses and get on with excellence in whatever we do.

I am interested in exactly how the former No. 1 tennis champion Ivan Lendl further shaped Murray since he began coaching him last year. Murray seems to have matured greatly during that time, personally and professionally.

In closing, this is some of what was going on in 1936, when the great Fred Perry won Wimbledon:

– Stanley Baldwin was in his third spell as Prime Minister. He had governed the country twice before, and for his third term took over from Ramsay MacDonald, whose physical health began to fail him at the age of 70.

– There was a double change of the monarch. When George V died on January 20, he was succeeded by his son Edward, who became King Edward VIII. He abdicated the throne by the end of the year, meaning his brother became King George VI.

– The original speaking clock was introduced for people who did not have a watch or clock to hand. Initially the accuracy of the clock was one-tenth of a second.

– The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty was signed in London, proclaiming Egypt to be an independent sovereign state. But it allowed British troops to continue to be stationed in the Suez Canal zone to protect Britain’s financial and strategic interest for nearly two decades.

– The most common type of telephone box – the K6 or Jubilee kiosk – was introduced. It became Britain’s standard kiosk for more than 30 years, with around 60,000 erected during that time.

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