While the revelations about doping in cycling are in many cases not new or particularly surprising, the spectacular fall of an athlete previously idolised by so many and the subsequent destruction of his ill-gotten legacy has had a huge impact on cycling and raised wider concerns about drug taking in other sports as well.
As Euro 2012 dominates the media’s sporting agenda, one could assume England’s impending debacle at the competition is soon approaching. As other sports currently lie in the shadows of European football, history was made on 11 June, as Rafael Nadal became the only man ever to win seven French Open titles.
What was this? Novak Djokovic had just defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2012 Australian Open, and I suddenly found that I could not watch. As he tore his shirt from his chest, letting out a roar as he headed towards his adoring family and friends in the crowd, I turned away: possibly in envy at his perfect pectorals, but there was something more. The next day, I realised what it was.
I thought my campaign against the second serve in tennis was a bonkers private obsession. But a colleague draws my attention to a letter from David Earl to The Times (pay wall) last week:
Sir, The second serve allows players to slam the ball as hard as they can, risk-free, at least four times a game. [...]
I am lucky enough to have done my fair share of border hopping. I’ve bumbled from Kenya to Uganda, popped in on Pakistan, pootled around a bit of India and a few others, as anyone unfortunate enough to have heard any ‘gap yah’ stories will no doubt attest. I have had cameras confiscated or destroyed, [...]
There was a brief passage of time when Novak Djokovic lived up to his nickname. The Djoker. Not because he was doing the life-and-soul-of-the-party thing, the impressions, the running commentary, the often profligate banter. No. Of course, it was very funny for a while. A breath of fresh air. But it was after the initial [...]
“It certainly is the best tournament in the world that’s not a Slam, and it can be more enjoyable than some of the Slams.” Without stating the knock on the head obvious, that’s a rather big proclamation to make.
In today’s multimedia arena of smartphones, iPads, twitter, Facebook, and so on, the concept of not being understood is rather a rare one.
We are blessed, that, apart from throughout most of China, the Queen’s speech is an all-pervading influence. First of all, much of the internet is in English. And secondly, if you do have [...]
What with Ireland beating England at cricket, and Sir Alex in sticky waters yet again, it may have escaped your attention that there hasn’t been a great deal tennis going on this week.
The fourth round match-up between Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday afternoon at the Australian Open was not on many people’s lists as a must-watch-event.
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