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Not just a simple matter

Heather Watson’s enthralling match with Serena Williams last night – the five times champion eventually prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 – will no doubt go down in history as yet another example of ‘plucky Brit gives all but loses anyway’ stereotype but in fact this would be unfair to both players [...]

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

What’s not to like?

We sports lovers live in a golden age. There is a surfeit of sport going on in the world and modern technology renders it available to viewers and listeners in a manner of which previous generations can only have dreamed. When it comes to presentation, things have changed much in the last seventy [...]

June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The sporting and betting weekend

As when Rory won his first Major, the U.S. PGA, which was over shadowed by the London Olympics, his fine performance to dominate the Dubai tourney was eclipsed by Andy Murray contesting the Australia Open. I flitted between the two but when the Murray challenge faltered and failed, I concentrated [...]

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Reaching your limit

Like probably millions of others, I spent a couple of hours yesterday morning flicking through the Sunday papers whilst tuned to BBC1, watching Andy Murray’s enthralling but ultimately futile attempt to win the 2015 Australian Open. In truth, Murray’s loss in four sets – ending with him [...]

February 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not before time

Well, I suppose it was bound to happen. Tennis is the latest sport to diversify into a short version of itself in pursuit of popular appeal and further commercial success – see here in Paul Newman’s article today on the website of THE INDEPENDENT When you think about it, developments like this [...]

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Time to mint it, Murray!

With the reviews of 2014, together with the previews of 2015, now posted, we can all strap ourselves in for what looks like an exciting year of sport. I wish to begin on a positive note by addressing the likely fortunes of Andy Murray, Britain’s most successful tennis player to date, over the [...]

January 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Another factor to consider?

Probably the biggest sporting shock over the weekend was the late withdrawal of tennis legend Roger Federer, allegedly due to injury, from his final against Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour final at the 02 Arena. There are several issues arising. Firstly, Federer may well be genuinely [...]

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The US Open

Like many of the National Rust staffers I enjoy a flutter or as I said to Daffers after a liquid girlie lunch ” more tickle, less slap.” For the  US Open tennis I had a conservative stake plan: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic on a  win double and Roger Federer to reach the final. [...]

September 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Let’s be honest for once

Yesterday, having rather enjoyed ITV’s early coverage of the Tour de France opening stage, mostly because it reconnected me with the wonders of the Yorkshire countryside, my next television ‘must see’ was the 5.00pm soccer World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and Belgium. Accordingly, I [...]

July 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s the whole thing, stupid!

Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without the odd ‘manufactured’ media controversy. Early contenders include an ungracious Frenchman – I won’t even bother to look up his name – who got beat and flounced out of SW19 saying he hated the tournament anyway. Good riddance to him. [...]

June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

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