The Murraymania Effect in Dorset
10:34am 11th September 2013
"People are coming to us more fired up than ever" ... The words of a Bridport tennis coach following Andy Murray's wonder year.
The British Number 1 stormed his way into the history books with an emphatic win at Wimbledon this summer. Murray became the first Brit to win the grand slam since Fred Perry in 1936.
The last major tournament on the tennis calendar the US Open drew to a close yesterday (Monday 9th September) so Wessex FM began investigating the state of play in Dorset now Murray fans had the chance to settle.
Tennis participation always rises in the UK when "Murraymania" grips the All England Championship and dominated the headlines.
But Bridport Tennis Club coach Alan Cash told Wessex FM, the hysteria surrounding the Scot soon cools off and interest falls slightly. But nonetheless people are still picking up a racket:
"The children and adults that did come along were all motivated by Murray's win. They were all talking about it and it created quite a buzz around the club. Even the parents with their children told me they were inspired by him. Now when I talk about a Murray Forehand shot, people know what I'm talking about."
But Alan says, it can be tough sustaining people's interest when tennis gets little attention outside of Wimbledon.
"Even with Andy Murray winning it was still only a month blip on the calendar where people were talking about him. Football gets a mention in the media all the time even when they're not playing. We hope tennis will gradually grow down the line and the Andy Murray affect will get more people into it."