Britain expects – Expectation weighs on Andy Murray at Wimbledon every year, with the British crowd eager to see one of the nation's male tennis players win the singles title for the first time since 1936.
Henman's heir – Murray has assumed the position once held by Tim Henman as Britain's premier tennis hope. Henman reached the Wimbledon semifinals on four occasions between 1998 and 2002.
Strong support – It has become a Wimbledon tradition for fans to gather on a large grassy bank outside of Centre Court to watch games on a large screen. The area was once known as "Henman Hill" and has since been rechristened "Murray Mound".
Peerless Perry – The last British winner of the men's singles title was the great Fred Perry, who won Wimbledon in three consecutive years between 1934, 1935 and 1936.
The 'Curse of the Bambino' – British tennis fans aren't the only supporters who have had to wait for glory. The Boston Red Sox won baseball's World Series five times between 1903 and 1918. But after selling Babe Ruth in 1919-1920 offseason, the Red Sox did not win the World Series again until 2004, when they beat the St.Louis Cardinals.
Schumacher delivers – Ferrari are one of Formula One's most celebrated teams. But, by year 2000, it had been 21 years since the legendary Italian manufacturer produced a drivers' champion. Step forward Michael Schumacher, who claimed the title for Ferrari in 2000 and in each of the following four seasons.
Waiting for Webb Ellis – New Zealand have been the most dominant team in rugby union for a number of years, but the World Cup title had proved out of their grasp since 1987. The All Blacks addressed that last year, winning the Webb Ellis trophy at their own World Cup.
Triumph of the noisy neighbors – Manchester City had been branded "noisy neighors" by Alex Ferguson, the manager of local rivals Manchester United. But after an Abu Dhabi-funded takeover in 2008, City embarked on a huge spending spree which resulted in an English Premier League title triumph last season. It was City's first league title win since 1968.
Golden ambitions – One team still waiting to achieve their goal is Brazil, who need an Olympic gold medal to complete a clean sweep of fooballing honors. Brazil won bronze at Beijing 2008, after a 3-0 semifinal defeat to archrivals Argentina.