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Hail Emma

A fact little commented on before or after this wonderful victory is the joy it has brought the nation. We always like a British champion winning on foreign soil: think Ken Buchanan, Justin Rose winning the US Open and, before him, Tony Jacklin and the British Lions. First the stats. Emma Raducanu [...]

September 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

The treading of a dangerous line

One of the downsides of being a senior citizen – besides straightforward “invisibility” as far as other generations are concerned – is that often one can see “the bleedin’ obvious” when others cannot and yet nobody will believe or take any notice of you when you point out this benefit [...]

August 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

Djokovic triumphs

I was at Centre Court with one eye on the clock to get back for the Euro final. Matteo Berrettini started promisingly but there was too much in the Novak Djokovic locker. The Italian could offer pace and power but too often lost rallies to unforced error. It was not a vintage final. The greatest [...]

July 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Ladies Final

After Ashleigh Barty strolled the first 3 games against Karolina Priskova I thought this one will be over soon. However both players have bouts of lost concentration and form. It proved an even well fought contest Ms Barty, after being something of a young prodigy, suffered burn out and even took [...]

July 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

My day at Wimbledon

I must confess straightway that I acquired my Wimbledon debenture as an investment. Such a debenture is freely traded and a seat on Centre Court much prized. I did not become a tennis fan overnight. However I missed the deadline for selling the seat back to Wimbledon but the debenture office [...]

July 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

A ball of considerable confusion

It’s difficult to avoid the impression that – in what (nobody needs reminding) has been something of a strange a disconcerting world these past eighteen months – the “crazy” factor has recently gone up several notches in the UK as both world sport – not least football, [...]

July 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

A day at Wimbledon

Uncle Bob (Robert Tickler) informed me that negotiations have broken down for the sale of his debenture ticket and would I like to go? Of course I would – though I have never accepted that Wimbledon is primus inter pares of the 4 Major tournaments. The staff were even more officious than [...]

July 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Female sport issues

When it comes to picking the greatest all-round sportswoman in history – a definition that for present purposes requires excellence in at least two different sporting disciplines – there are a select few who come immediately to mind. Perhaps the lady most frequently cited is the legendary [...]

June 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Djokovic on course

One play in the French Open final defined why Novak Djokovic might well win the GOAT (Greatest of all Time ) debate. He was two sets down to Stefanos Tsitsipas, 12 years his junior, and he has never come back in a Major final with that deficit. Tsitsipas played an exquisite drop shot at the net. [...]

June 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Stuff keeps happening

As part of an assistance drive for Rusters, we occasionally provide a linking service to media stories that have caught the eye. Here are some from the UK  newspapers today: POLITICS Firstly, the latest piece by Tom Peck which appears today upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT Next, that [...]

March 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

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