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Wimbledon: 25 June - 8 July 2012

Wimbledon Groundsman's Olympics diary - day nine

Andy Murray hits a forehand in the Olympic singles final
by William Brierley
Sunday 5 August 2012

The famous tweeter @WimboGroundsman will be writing a daily diary during the Olympic tennis, talking about courts, players and more...

The last day and the all important men's gold medal match day. With team GB guaranteed to win two medals it's going to be a great day.

Early on rain is around and the roof is put on centre for the first match. Serena and Venus were aiming to be the first tennis players to win 4 Olympic Gold medals ever, with them both having a singles title and 2 doubles already. They took the match 6-4 6-4 to win the tournament against the Czech pair of Hlavackova and Hradecka. They take the USA's third gold of the competition, two of which Serena has won.

Over on No.1 the bronze medal match in the men's was interrupted for rain but with a bit of a shock result Juan Martin Del Potro beat Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 to claim the medal.

Something incredible happened on Centre Court  and it’s a moment I’m sure nobody in the stadium will ever forget. Andy Murray won the men’s gold medal beating Roger Federer 6-2 6-1 6-4. The atmosphere in Centre Court was something special, I thought the final of this year's Wimbledon was great but Murray winning gold in the home Olympic games is definitely one of those once in a life time events we’ve been told about all the way through the Olympics.

He could also win another gold as he has just taken to Centre to play the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson against Victoria Azarenka and Max Miryni of Belarus. Still to be decided this evening are the women’s doubles medals and mixed doubles.

I'd like to thank the whole team here for all the work leading up to the Olympics as well as during the tournament itself. This will be the last tournament for our out going head groundsman Eddie Seaward MBE.

After all his years of service to the club Eddie will be retiring on the 31st August when Neil Stubley the former senior groundsman will take over the top job in his own right after over a year as head groundsman designate. Every single member of the team has put in a valiant effort to work the lead up to The Championships, the long nights and longer days of this year's Championships, the turn around to the Olympics and the Olympic event itself its been nearly three months of non-stop work. So a huge thanks goes to Eddie Seaward MBE, Neil Stubley, Grant Cantin, Leighton Ward, Mark Sheather, Rick Street, Dom Pollock, Simon Holding, Tim Merrimen, Ben Sidenbank, Joe Briggs, Scott Horrocks, Ian Turner, Alex Rickards, Tony Townsend and Vince Parker of the full time groundstaff.  Our job is of course made easier by the temporary staff who come in so again thanks goes to Lydon Sutcliffe, Alex Brierley, Conrad Cavill, Matt Gibson, Rob Muir, Conor Leach, Nicky Cunningham, Jake Foley, Jimmy Hargreaves, Alistair Jones, Tom Spurgeon, Scott Dick, Xavier Heffernan, Ben Sidgwick, Karl Ballard, Paul Bishop, Rob Holt and Brad Young.

So I hope you’ve all enjoyed the daily blogs as much as I have writing them. It's been a different nine days to what we’re use to be it will always be a special time. Who knows by the time you read this Andy Murray could well be a double Olympic gold medalist as he and Robson lead the Belarusians by 1 set to love.

And after Murray taking gold in the singles I’m hopeful that it has Inspired A Generation and maybe from this British tennis can take a leap forward.

Thank you all for reading keep an eye on our year round work by following the twitter account (@WimboGroundsman) and hopefully we’ll see you all next year at The Championships.

The London 2012 Olympic tennis is taking place at Wimbledon. Visit the ITF Olympics site for full scores, draws and the London 2012 site for video content, venue and schedule information.


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