In her latest diary from SW19, Reem Abulleil takes a look at Andy Murray's punditry skills.
Andy Murray‘s stint as a pundit for the BBC has got off to a good start as the Scot was voted less boring than Tim Henman in a poll that was suggest by the pair themselves.
Murray, who pulled out of Wimbledon before the tournament started as he continues to regain his full fitness from a hip surgery he underwent early this year, was in the BBC studio at Wimbledon on Tuesday, joined by Henman and Sue Barker, and will be commentating on the men’s quarter-final matches on Wednesday.
Henman started things off by asking Murray: “If there was an opinion poll and the public were asked, who do they think is more boring, me or you, who do you think they’d go for? It’s tight isn’t it?”
Murray replied: “It would be tight. Well could we do it? Could we sort that out?”
Barker promised the poll would go on the BBC website and the results are in. They’re not as tight as they thought it would be with Henman voted more boring than Murray by 65 per cent of the people who took part in the poll.
Murray, a self-professed tennis nerd, is exactly the stats geek we thought he was.
From nailing Serena Williams’ Grand Slam semi-final appearance count, to the number of tiebreaks and sets Milos Raonic and John Isner have played against each other.
His analysis on Tuesday ranged from breaking down Angelique Kerber’s mental struggles last season, to saying Novak Djokovic can beat everyone left in the tournament.
It’s only a couple of days of work but it’s fair to say that Murray has already outperformed many pundits who have been doing this for years.
THE SERENA SHOW
Meanwhile, Serena Williams has been asked in nearly every press conference this fortnight when her friend, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, would be coming to watch any of her matches at Wimbledon.
Williams, who attended the royal wedding, joined Markle at a polo match before the tournament and has been saying she needs to keep winning matches in order for her friend to come down to SW19.
Now that the American is in the semi-finals, will Markle make an appearance in the Royal Box?
“I don’t know. Just stay tuned, right?” said Williams with a smile.
She then tapped her hands against the table, mimicking a drum roll, and added: “Stay tuned for the next episode, Serena Williams: Centre Court.”
That’s a show I would binge-watch on Netflix.