Until about a week ago, so a local friend told us, Cypriots had little interest in tennis. In fact, although they love watching sports, they insist they're just a small island, and nobody could expect them to have brilliant sports players. They cheer for Greece (the island almost erupted with joy when Greece won the European football cup a couple of years ago) but expect nothing of themselves.
Marcos Baghdatis, an unseeded Cypriot tennis player, has beaten top international players in the Australian open, and has reached the final - to be played tomorrow evening (Australian time - ie tomorrow morning Cyprus time).
Suddenly, we're told, everybody wants to 'own' Baghdatis. If he wins, he'll be hailed as a national hero. Even if he doesn't, he's still made history by reaching the final and beating all those top seeds.
I guess we'll know if he's won by the noise level tomorrow mid-morning... if he wins, there will probably be cars everywhere, driving around honking horns and waving flags.