Tennis: It’s a great day watching the battlers on the outside courts

By Rod Oaten I really enjoy the Australian Open, not to see the  antics of the of the top stars as they strutt their stuff, but to watch and admire the battlers. There are 512 players on Day 1 of The Open,  we all know the top dozen men and women, but what about  the [Read more]

Tennis: Still awaiting the Aussie charge

by Dan O’Sullivan As another Australian Open winds up and the great Roger Federer flies back to Switzerland to collect yet another cow to go with his 16th Slam (are the Swiss still doing that?), the inevitable question will be asked, where was the Aussie charge? The predictable poor showing by the locals can probably [Read more]

Winter Olympics: Seductive Sigulda sweeps me off my feet

By Tim Ivins With the Winter Olympics just around the corner and with me experiencing a white winter for the first time, I decided to take advantage of the conditions and experience something that would be impossible in Australia. The four man bobsled. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what that entails, cast your [Read more]

Cycling: The Tour Down Under through a fan’s lens

You want colour and movement? Here’s a link to Anne Federowytsch’s album from the Tour Down Under. x x x x

Tennis: It’s not the same without Damir

Did someone say Damir Dokic? Amid all the talk about fashion and Prince William’s bald spot, we miss him.

Tennis: Leconte as a commentator? Allez! Allez!

Not being your bona-fide modern tennis fan, it takes something out of the ordinary for me to sit and watch the Australian Open for extended periods. Mine is the world of grass courts, Lecoste shirts, Dunlop Volleys and ‘serve and volley’ games. Aside from the latest Damir Dokic rant, I rarely take notice. But Channel [Read more]

Cycling: A fan’s perspective on following the Tour Down Under

By Anne Federowytsch Adelaide’s East End is renowned for its fine dining, designer clothing stores and classy nightspots but Sunday 17 January saw the adjoining roads and parklands turned into an UCI Pro-Tour cycling track for the Tour Down Under Cancer Classic warm-up event. Professional cyclists from all corners of the globe had begun descending [Read more]

Tennis: Seven’s deadly sin

by Andrew Gigacz The events of Day 8 at the Australian Open cannot be allowed to pass without comment. Not about the departure of Australia’s last two representatives, Stosur and Hewitt; with both coming up against the top seeds, their losses were unsurprising, if not inevitable. Not about Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s five set marathon win, as [Read more]

Cycling: How I got an insiders’ view of the Tour Down Under

By Anne Federowytsch The lift opened at level three and revealed the lively front desk of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s office. It was the first Monday of the New Year and my first shift as a volunteer for Australia’s biggest cycling event, the Tour Down Under. I arrived on the dot at 9am and [Read more]

Footy and Gaelic football: Irish gnash teeth on introduction of the mark

Monday, 25 January 2010 Depending on who you listen to, it will either bring some beauty back to the game and revive a much-loved skill, or be “an unmitigated disaster” that will rob the code of its identity. “Hands in the back!”, “deliberate!” and “30 seconds!” are all reasonably recent additions to the AFL supporter’s [Read more]

Tennis: My big day out at the Open

To anybody who saw Dan Silkstone’s ‘Around Melbourne Park in Six Hours’ report in Saturday’s Age my effort might seem like a pretty feeble imitation, but here goes: My day at the Open on Friday kicked off with Peter Luczak and an Oz of Indian background called Rameez Junaid play German Phillip Marx and Slovak [Read more]

Tennis: My lowdown on the Open so far

By Domenic Favata Well, we’re just about to start the round of 16 and things are starting to heat up. There will be mouth-watering battles coming up, none better than the Hewitt v Baghdatis tonight. The pair will meet for the second time in a month, the last time being in Sydney, where Baghdatis won [Read more]

Cycling: Tour offers one of the highlights of the year for an Adelaide sports fan

By Anne Federowytsch The middle of January is a time I look forward to every year. And no it’s not because of the chance to spend mornings sleeping in, afternoons lazing on the couch watching Ricky make a double ton, or warm evenings with my toes in the sand at Glenelg; it’s because of the [Read more]

American football: Mixed feelings for New York fans

By Adan Hesketh I’m living in New York and I’m pretty excited about the NFL playoffs. The mood in town is predominantly a mixture of excitement (and optimism) for the Jets, who looked no chance to even make finals late in the season, and disgust/disinterest from Giants fans, who had expected a lot more and [Read more]

Tennis: My Australian Open preview

By Domenic Favata Men The men’s singles is headlined by Federer, Nadal, Murray, Del Potro; all have a chance of claiming the first tournament of the year.

Tennis: Things to look for at the Australian Open

By John Butler * Numerous folk called Bruce, Baz or Cheryl suddenly discovering long lost Swedish or Spanish heritage and a love of foreign flags and group chanting. * Maria Sharapova’s picture to appear at least daily in the major metropolitan papers. Some of the pictures may even relate to tennis.

Tennis: C’mon, give it a go. Tip someone other than Federer

It’s that time of year again: the time when everyone tips Roger Federer to win the Australian Open. Is anyone willing to tip another player in the tournament that starts in Melbourne on Monday? What about Juan Martin del Potro? Or the unlikely-sounding Robin Soderling? As for the women’s title, surely there’s a candidate among [Read more]

Tennis: Federer’s class separates him from the rest

By Domenic Favata Roger Federer, the magician, the king, whatever you want to call him, is back at Melbourne Park and ready to rock. The fifteen-time grand slam winner is back after a loss to Nikolay Davydenko in Qatar. Some may call it a setback, but I call it ‘warming up’. Federer will release his [Read more]

Tennis: Australian Open offers best sporting value in town

A preview of who I think will be the main players at Melbourne Park in 2010.

Link: Somehow you can come clean but leave others feeling dirty

Dear Almanackers, Here’s another interesting piece from the New York Times, this time concerning the stage-management of mea culpas. The apologist here is Mark McGwire, but it’s an issue that play on the minds of footy administrators in 2010, I’m sure! Rob Clarkson