Phil Dimitriadis is perplexed. Why doesn’t Sam Stosur get the recognition she deserves?
Jake “Cobba” Stevens looks at sponsorship in men’s tennis and finds some surprising results.
John Harms is letting his heart rule when looking for the winners at the tennis. He’s followed a few out of loyalty over the years – and not just tennis players.
John Harms explains the root cause of the decline of Australian tennis.
Jake “Cobba” Stevens brings you all you need to know about the main contenders in this year’s men’s singles of the Australian Open with an infographic.
Enough is enough. Bernard Tomic should no longer be allowed to play for Australia in Davis Cup or even be supported by Tennis Australia after his appalling display in last weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Germany. We commented on what a dud he was at the US Open when he didn’t try in his match [Read more]
by Joey Agerholm As a kid I expected to grow up and play sport for a living, now I’d be happy enough just being able to watch it full time. This morning I lay on the couch and imagined myself as a fairly successful sportswriter who gets to pick and choose events to visit and [Read more]
by Steve Alomes I had been on what might have been a busman’s holiday. You can now travel the world by sporting big events, or even as a casual participant player (have golf clubs, will travel). My journey was a little different. It involved different cities, other activities, a little dutiful art gallery [Read more]
Sports of all sorts By Anastasia Dimitriadis Grade 6 As a little child, sport has always and still [Read more]
by Pamela Sherpa Towards the end of last football season, my daughter, Tashi, feared that stress was adversely affecting me. She suggested that I should go on a relaxing holiday and get away from the frustration of sport. What a good idea ! We planned to meet in Cambodia in January after she had been [Read more]
by Joey Agerholm Do yourself a favour and Google the following words…. “Federer as Religion Experience by David Foster Wallace” and then read the essay that shows up in the search results. It’s a much better read than this piece will be. He argues a good case, and I’m persuaded, but if watching Roger [Read more]
Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, the tennis served as an eminently companionable side show to my flannel-centric summers. I fondly remember Kooyong and White City grass courts. Newk, Muscles, Eddo, Phil Dent and, yes, even JA, were a welcome support cast filling in the gaps between test matches. The tennis was as [Read more]
by Craig Little “C’mon Raffa! Take your top off!” I could attribute the opening quote to any number of female friends on Facebook. Setting aside the clear double-standard – I would have significantly fewer female friends on Facebook if I posted “Hey Sharapova, show us your tits” – it reminded me how pervasive the [Read more]
It’s that time again to get the racquet out of the wardrobe and dream about how good you were in your youth. The Australian Open is here again in all its glory, and after a previous week of winter weather a ferocious sun is out, ready to burn spectators and players to a crisp. I [Read more]
by Andrew Gigacz A SPANIARD FOR EVERY RUSSIAN AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN Ever had the feeling that Russian women are just like Spanish men? Or vice versa? Well, actually, neither had I, at least not until the seedings for the 2012 Australian Open were published in last Tuesday’s Age. It was then that [Read more]
January is an odd month for sport in Melbourne. Post Boxing Day test, there are a sprinkling of fillers leading up to the Australia Open but nothing to really get the pulse racing. The Big Bash has continued to provide some fun to those with short attention spans and there seems have been an increased [Read more]
By Joey Agerholm Goran Ivanisevic once said “As soon as I step on the court I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore.” I’ve got no idea in what context it was said. I just came across it on [Read more]
My Sunday morning avoidance of the sports pages was made easier this week by getting out of bed at 5.45am for the Run Melbourne Half Marathon. About a year ago I stopped using an iPod during my runs. Initially I provided my own soundtrack through songs that slipped through my consciousness. I say initially as [Read more]
by Peter Baulderstone There is always much to complain about in sport and in life. The art critic and social observer, Robert Hughes, wrote a book about it some years ago called ‘Culture of Complaint’. I suspect that the Dalai Lama’s relentless cheerfulness in one of the main reasons why he has become so [Read more]