SIR Trevor McDonald is to host a new look series of This Is Your Life. He was obviously on a scouting mission today.
The former News At Ten man is said to be after David Beckham for the first ITV1 red book special. But sat to my right on Centre Court during Andy Murray’s emphatic final set, he might have been lining up a first reserve
With the Scot 4-1 up and cruising to victory, Sir Trevor had seen enough. He dashed off down the exit steps to give his bosses the News At 4.37pm: Murray Wins.
In a throwback to the Dan Maskell era, the ex-keeper of the bongs was dressed in a dark suit, blue shirt and red tie. The rest of the 13,700 crowd were a little more relaxed.
That included Murray, who still looks like he’s one of the young catering staff who has wandered on to court by mistake – until he hits the ball. There was a buzz of excited chatter as he warmed up. When the umpire called time, a champagne bottle popped somewhere in the shadows at the back of the stand.
Having placed his blue and white saltire wristband on his serving arm, Andy was on a similar trajectory to the cork, demonstrating the power of Scotland to bemused Frenchman Julien Benneteau. It took just 25 minutes
Some preferred tea. There were plenty of empty seats in the royal box. One VIP sat with his head buried in the official programme, perhaps checking if this gangly youth was allowed on the grass.
The rest of the arena was full, one quarter bathed in sunshine, sunglasses and hats of every colour. They roared their support for Murray, with the biggest cheer of the day reserved for the gentleman who shouted out: “C’mon England!”
Just for good measure, Murray went back on court this evening and has just won his Mixed Doubles tie in straight sets, in a match that ended at 7.54pm. “It’s good to go out and hit some balls on the grass,” Andy told me when I spoke to him about his second game of the day.
He’ll be doing it again tomorrow, when American Andy Roddick awaits in the third round back on Centre Court. The BBC are desperate to avoid a Scotland v England TV clash involving a certain 4pm kick off in Germany. The Wimbledon authorities have duly scheduled Andy’s match third and last of the day, which may resolve the problem.
Murray helped TV’s cause by saying: “I normally prefer playing a bit later so I can get a bit more sleep. I might ask to play a little later, maybe after the England game.
It is, after all, being screened in the men’s locker room.