Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - Andy Murray triumphs in historic victory at US Open

Andy Murray marked the end of a superlative summer for British sport by becoming the first male British tennis player to win a Grand Slam since 1936.

Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 11 September

Andy Murray triumphs in historic victory at US Open

Andy Murray marked the end of a superlative summer for British sport by becoming the first male British tennis player to win a Grand Slam since 1936.

As the debris from the victory parade for Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians was being cleared in London, Murray – himself a gold medal winner in this summer’s Games – took to the court in New York against reigning US Open champion Novak Djokovic. In a five-set match lasting four hours and 54 minutes, Murray beat Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.

The 25-year-old Scot’s achievement comes seventy-six years after the last British Grand Slam victory in the male singles tournament – that of Fred Perry, who won the US Open in 1936.

He said in a post-victory interview: “It’s what I’ve been working towards for 10 years. It means the world to me.”

Former Davis Cup captain John Lloyd told BBC Five Live: “What a performance, that was just epic […] Mentally to come back from those positions - losing a two sets to love lead - how on earth did he do it?”

In an era dominated by some of history’s greatest players, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic himself, Murray managed to put his past losses in Grand Slam finals behind him to become only the fifth male singles player to have won one of tennis’ major titles in the last five years.

Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl, explained to The Guardian that he had used Murray’s disappointment in previous losses to spur him on to Olympic success and beyond.

“I said to him: ‘A loss is a loss; and a loss is not a loss. You learn from certain losses and become depressed from other ones. When you have losses, when you put it all out there and go hard, you can be proud of yourself.

And you can learn from it, and that is really important.”

Questions for discussion

For primary:

  • How do you think Andy Murray felt when he won?
  • What would you like to achieve in your life? How could you work towards this?

For secondary:

  • Why might it be important to lose and to be disappointed before you succeed?
  • What qualities do you think someone needs to achieve their dreams and ambitions? Is talent enough?

Related resources

Tennis - quiz and dreams/goals assembly

  • Use Wimbledon as a hook for this assembly on pupils’ aspirations.

Tennis Activity Week pack

  • Inspired by Andy Murray’s success? Then turn it into a classroom theme with these cross-curricular lesson plans from the tennisfoundation.

Guide to Schools Tennis 2012

  • If you want to get your pupils involved in playing tennis, this guide to the resource and support available to schools will be invaluable.

Tennis introductory session

  • This simply laid out chart is really helpful in setting up a first tennis session and includes a section to keep track on the class and date of the lesson.

Further news resources

First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide.

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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