Wimbledon: Andy Murray defies 'curse of Cameron'
British PM David Cameron has, over the last few years, become a jinx for sportsmen from Britain.
The famous, or should we say infamous, 'curse of Cameron' failed to stop British No 1 Andy Murray as he kept his Wimbledon hopes alive with a dramatic five-set quarter-final victory over Fernando Verdasco.
Whoever is the subject of Cameron’s ‘well wishes’, loses -- be it an individual or a team. Cameron has been the ‘cause’ of Murray’s downfall twice in the past -- having jinxed the Scot in the 2012 Wimbledon final and the 2011 Australian Open final.
2007: Cameron wished the England rugby team good luck in the World Cup final. The team lost 6-15 to SA.
2007: Cameron tells Lewis Hamilton, ‘I’ve got confidence in you’ just ahead of the last race of the season. Hamilton, only needing a fifth place finish to emerge World Champ finishes seventh.
2010: Just before the England’s team World Cup match against Germany, Cameron sent the English football team a message of support which led them to being thrashed 1-4 by the Germans.
2012: At the London Olympics, Cameron single-handedly ‘scotched’ many a gold medal ambitions -- witnessing Gemma Gibbons losing in her judo final; Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield missing out on diving medals and Mark Cavendish losing in the cycling road race.
2012: The British PM also wrote to England’s manager Roy Hodgson prior to the Euro 2012 football tournament. The English team were shown the door by Italy via a penalty-shootout in the quarter-finals.
2013: Earlier this week, Cameron also tweeted his best wishes to Laura Robson -- United Kingdom’s top-ranked female player. That, however, led to the 19-year-old creaking down in tears after being beaten by Kaia Kanepi in Round Four.