The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 12: The ICU

After a complicated surgery process, Louise is taken to the postoperative recovery ward where a difficult night awaits.

“I’ll just serve aces”: enough of the over-complimenting, it’s time someone spoke the truth

Tom Riordan has had enough of the faux politeness of tennis players. How about a bit of sledging and barracking to liven up the predictable dullness?

Playing Solo or as a Team?

Yoshi ponders team versus individual sports. How do tennis players, golfers or swimmers de-brief after tournaments and meets the way that team-based sports process their performances? Do golfers or tennis players or track and field athletes share their expertise the way veterans in team sports pass on their knowledge to young rookies?

Weekend Reading: Deflategate, the Worst Question in Sports and Cambridge United

Some great reading to get your teeth into over the Australia Day long weekend.

[Cambridge United have just held Man U to a 0-0 draw at Abbey – replay at Old Trafford.]

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 11: Meeting the Mad Hatter

After the trauma of recent events, Louise is off to the operating theatre. Warning: this instalment is not for the squeamish [and that’s no joke – Ed].

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part Ten: ‘Policies’ and ‘Procedures’

Having finally arrived at Hospital, the full extent of Louise’s injury becomes clearer. And then the ‘fun’ truly begins.

Tennis: A day at the Open

Rod Oaten spends his annual day at the Aus Open, handles the conditions, and sees a variety of good tennis from the international cast.

Damir Dokic: Food Critic? 20 Tennis questions that baffle Lord Bogan

The easy melancholy that comes with watching the Australian Open raises a number of baffling questions for Lord Bogan aka Phil Dimitriadis.

Tennis as a Game of Beauty and Well-Being

Philip Mendes recalls falling love with tennis after his grandmother passed her trusty wooden-framed racquet on to wide-eyed eight year old boy. From the streets of Caulfield to centre court at Kooyong, Tennis has been a life-long love affair for Philip.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part Nine: Treatment in Kathmandu

Despite a raft of setbacks, Louise finally makes it to a hospital in Kathmandu for treatment on her broken leg.

Once Was Flinders Park

As day one at the Australian Open gets under way, Emma Westwood fondly recalls her love affair with Mats Wilander [as do lots of the ladies – Ed], his army of Nordic supporters and how the Australian Open tennis is inextricably linked to the loss of a friend.

Tennis Party

John Harms on tennis.

Taking flight

He tells me about the pigeons. Racing pigeons. He tells me about the nuns. Swimming nuns. He tells me about skin cancer, and marathons.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part Eight: Journey to Hospital

In part seven of The Accident, Louise – now reunited with her husband Bijay and daughter Shanaia – begins the journey from the helicopter to the hospital. If you think that doesn’t sound like a big deal, you’ve obviously never driven in a developing country…

Australian Open Women’s Single – S.Stosur v M.Niculescu: I was Lucky to Keep up the Match

Yoshi overcame the tyrannies of geoblocking to get his serve of the Aussie Open today, starring Kei and Sam.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part Seven: “Ready to Go?”

It’s finally time for the medi-vac Helicopter to fly Louise and her rescue team back down the mountain and to hospital in Kathmandu.

Skiing Reports – Sainters and Friends in Rusutsu, Hokkaido, Japan

Yoshi’s adventures continue, this time with a weekend getaway to Rusutsu ski resort with some Aussie mates.

The Nick Davis scale: Packers edition

Plenty of “Kearsing” from Kyle Pollard as he watches his Green Bay Packers, while comparing them to his Geelong Cats. Both are troubled by Hawks.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part Six: Heroes

Louise returns with part six of The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass. The medivac helicopter approaches…

What Made Yoshi Play Tennis and the Story of His Playing Days

It’s love-all on the tennis court of our hearts. Why do men do anything? For love, that’s what. A sucker for the ladies in tennis gear, Yoshi picked up a racquet and found a different kind of love.