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Wimbledon | Murray and Azarenka in mixed final

Wimbledon | Murray and Azarenka in mixed final

VICTORIA Azarenka has revealed her upset over a “horrendous” comment by BBC commentator John Inverdale.

Former world No.1 Azarenka and British ace Jamie Murray, the defending champion, sealed a Wimbledon mixed doubles final spot by overcoming British pair Jay Clarke and Harriet Dart.

We are just rewatching our mixed doubles now... who ever is commentating this match is just comical and not in a good way Victoria Azarenka

But Belarusian Azarenka focused on Inverdale’s commentary of the pair’s quarter-final victory over Jean-Julien Roger and Demi Schuurs.

She had tweeted after it: “We are just rewatching our mixed doubles now… who ever is commentating this match is just comical and not in a good way.”

There was one comment in particular she centred on.

Azarenka said: “He said ‘Azarenka second serve, woof! I’ve no idea what he meant. Horrendous.

“Pretty amazing there are people who are not so knowledgeable about tennis. Don’t think the guy’s played tennis.

“It was more irony in my tweet. Not frustration. It was so funny it made me cry.”

But  Azarenka  was delighted to get through. She said: “I’m having so much fun.”

Murray, who lifted the title 12 months ago with the now retired Martina Hingis, was unconcerned Sunday’s final would clash with the football World Cup final.

The Scot, 32, who won the first of his two mixed crowns with Jelena Jankovic ten years ago, said: “I’d rather win a Grand Slam than watch the World Cup final. Just one more step. I feel great.”

Inverdale got in hot water five years ago by telling Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli “You’re never going to be a looker”.

Unseeded Murray and Azarenka, who only entered late, had a tough road to their semi-final showdown.

But they were too strong for Clarke and Dart, easing home in just 55 minutes on No.1 Court

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.


  1. Janice Hill

    I’m afraid some people don’t consult their brain before speaking.

  2. Susan Payne

    Don’t like him at all. I’m surprised he wasn’t sacked over his comments about Marion Bartoli after she’d just won Wimbledon. Then she was doing a commentary along side him, if I’d have been her I’d have tipped water over him live on air. He’s a horrid pig.

  3. Kevin Warby

    I’m surprised he is still employed to cover Wimbledon! Talks endlessly about nothing relevant to the actual match.

  4. Betty Houston

    I don’t like him commentating he’s useless !!!!


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