As a keen tennis player and one who has had the pleasure and privilege of playing at Wimbledon in the schoolboys’ competition many years ago, I was delighted when Andy Murray became the men’s champion this year. The Wimbledon tennis event has many fine traditions, such as high fashion and strawberries and cream for the spectators and most importantly the high level of sportsmanship among the players.
Below is an article from Bangkok Post Online Learning, complete with a vocabulary guide, entitled ‘Wimbledon winner Murray sheds tears of joy’.
Last year at this time, Great Britain’s Andy Murray was in tears after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer. This year there were a few tears as well, but they were tears of joy as the 26-year-old Scotsman held his nerve to beat world number one Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the blistering 40-degree heat of the All England Club.
It was the first time in almost 80 years that a British man has won the host country’s Grand Slam Djokovic made a fight of it and the match was more difficult for Murray than the final score might indicate Djokovic led 4-1 in the second set and 4-2 in the third, but unlike last year, Murray fought back to win both sets and the championship.
After the match, the two finalists had warm words of praise for each other. “I have played Novak many times and when everyone finishes playing, he will go down as one of the fighters,” Murray said of his opponent after the match. “He did the same today and that is what made it tough. I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it.”
Djokovic had much praise for his opponent as well. “It wasn’t easy. Andy deserves the win, he played incredible tennis. Congratulations to him and his whole team and the country, I know what it means to you all,” said the Serb. “It makes the success even bigger as I am aware of the pressure he gets. There are always lots of expectations on him to win this tournament. It’s a great achievement.”
All in all, it was a perfect day for Murray. His only real mistake came after the match when he almost forgot to hug his biggest fan, his mother Judy. “No, I forgot,” he admitted. “Then I heard her screaming behind me.”
achievement: something very good and difficult that you have succeeded in doing – การบรรลุผลสำเร็จ
admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it – ยอมรับ
blistering: extremely hot in a way that is uncomfortable – ร้อนระอุ
congratulations: something you say to praise someone and say that you approve of or are pleased about a special or unusual achievement – ยินดีด้วย
deserve: of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities – สมควรได้รับ
expectations: what is expected – ที่คาดไว้
Grand Slam: one of the four major tennis tournaments, including the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – การแข่งขันชิงแชมป์รายการใหญ่
hold your nerve: to remain calm despite being in a difficult or dangerous situation – ควบคุมอารมณ์ได้แม้จะเป็นในสถานการณ์ที่ยากลำบากหรือเป็นอันตราย
host: a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event – เจ้าภาพ
hug: to put your arms round someone – กอด
incredible: difficult to believe – ไม่น่าเชื่อ
indicate: to show – แสดง
joy: a feeling of great happiness – ความสุขสันต์,ความสุขสำราญ
opponent: a person or team being competed against in a sports event – คู่ต่อสู้
praise: an expression of strong approval or admiration – การยกย่อง, การชื่นชม
pressure: a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation – ความกดดัน
shed tears: to cry – ร้องไห้
tough: difficult to do or to deal with – ยาก ยากลำบาก