Of the four Majors my favourite is at the Rod Laver Arena arena at Melbourne, Australia’s premier sporting city.
I don’t like the flummery of Wimbledon with cameras going to see which celeb is in the Royal Box; Roland-Garros is elegant but Rafa Nadal always rules on clay; and the American audience at Flushing Meadow is too noisy and bucolic.
Melbourne has a relaxed vibe and normally produces wonderful tennis.
My husband had a full day of sport on the menu yesterday with France v England in the Six Nations as the highlight. We soon became immersed at 8.00am with the Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem final.
He had to admit there is something epic about a gruelling tennis encounter played out over 4 hours.
Each contestant had their ups and downs but it’s not like boxing when one blow can end it.
Thiem took the second and third set and the Serb looked distinctly rattled – calling for his doctor and was fractious with the umpire.
He steadied to win the fourth set and it was the Austrian whose face was lined with anxiety.
Thiem has a power game but not always controlled.
Once Djokovic took the fourth set there was only one winner.
In the women’s final Sofia Kenin made it the fourth different ladies winner in the last 4 Majors.
Personally I prefer this variety to the hegemony of the men’s big three, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokoivc.
Occasionally an interloper comes along like Stan Warwinka and maybe this year Thiem will be one.
Finally a word of support for Margaret Court.
She has fallen foul of the PC brigade as her Christian views do not resonate or chime with theirs.
To quote Voltaire: “I detest your views, but defend to the hilt your right to express them”. Or something like that.
The last time I picked up a prayer book Borg was playing McEnroe but all she is doing as a pastor is repeating the words of the Bible.
I take exception to Navratilova patronising her – and me – by arguing that the bible is out of date.
I won’t recite the significant number of Christian sportsmen with sincerely-held religious views who have graced their sport.
Margaret Court won 24 Majors. Leave her alone.