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For over a decade now Centre Court at Wimbledon has echoed with the sound of "come on Tim!", which is slightly baffling when you consider the man those chants were originally directed at, the eponymous Henman, retired back in 2007.
 
What was once a cry of support for Britain's best player has now turned into something of an albatross for Andy Murray who took over Henman's mantle as his country's one Grand Slam hope, something those who bet on tennis see as a poison chalice.
 
Originally meant as a joke, the constant calls of "come on Tim!" in SW19 quickly wore thin for Murray.
 
"We were talking about it before my first match," he said, "and asking how long it would be before the first 'Come on Tim'. I said within the first game. It came four minutes in."
 
That Murray is weary with such calls is understandable, but it would be a mistake to consider him the butt of a joke that is only possible because of British tennis's inability to produce more than one quality player at a time.
 
Shouts of "come on Tim!" may be more common at Wimbledon, but that's only because the fortnight brings into sharp focus the UK's failure to compete at the top level at world tennis.
 
The calls could equally come at the US Open where, just as with Wimbledon, Murray will be Britain's only chance of glory. Even though the US Open 2011 odds show he has every chance of winning, there's no reason why there shouldn't be two or three British men gunning for the title.
 
Of course, the fact the off-court yells are only likely to put off Murray, reducing his chances of winning the slam British fans so desperately crave is an irony that just about sums up the self-destructive state of tennis in this country.

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