There is however one British competiotor in the men's singles who is apparently rather good at this pointless activity. He is called Andy Murray and he is a Scot. He dug a huge hole for himself at the time of the last (football) World Cup by saying that his preferred winner was 'anyone but England'. He said this was a joke but it was not well received south of the border. Arsey Scot! Thought the population of England. Thus when Murray does well he is British, when he loses he is a Scots git. He is never going to persuade the population of England to love him.
So what? I hear you cry.
Well the latest piece of manufactured outrage is that Murray has not committed himself to bowing to the Queen at Wimbledon. Apparently she is showing up to Wimblebore for the first time in 33 years (not that I blame her for skipping it). The right wing press is all of a lather, laying heavy emphasis on his Scottishness. Bowing is now apparently optional and our man is at least so far studiedly noncommital on the topic. Cue a lot of manufactured indignation.
For what it may be worth, the rabbit has no particular difficulty with ceremonial unlike many of similar general persuasion. It does no harm and can add to the gaiety of nations. In particular the rabbit has no problem with the idea of bowing at someone who bows back. This shows - okay in a quaint and archaic way - an equality of respect. The Queen doesn't bow back. It's an unequal subject to monarch thing. On this basis, if the republican rabbit were Murray he wouldn't bow to the Queen either. Nothing personal...
Below by remarkable coincidence is an etching of the execution of Charles I. Which was a touch personal.