Little Local Larrikins Part Five: Strong numbers and a strong showing

Sean Mortell and his Eltham Junior Tennis Club battle Melbourne’s autumn chills and flu to stay on top of the competition ladder.

Little Local Larrikins Part Four: New-Found Form in a Tight Finish

Sean Mortell overcomes both numbing cold and talented opponents with some of his best play of the season to keep Eltham in the tennis match against Eaglemont.

The View From Shepparton; Pre Season’s Musings

Peter Schumacher emerges from a summer hibernation to share his view from Shepparton. It’s been a summer (and a recent download) well spent. Get on the Lions.

Inner sanctum

Max Wiggins is an old campaigner when it comes to the Australian Open. Here he fills us in on the life of a ballkid.

Little Local Larrikins Part Three: Dodgy Disputes and Sour Shots

Back on the home court, Sean Mortell and his teammates declare ‘shenanigans’ on some dodgy tactics employed by an ECCA opponent. Stir the beast at your peril!

Little Local Larrikins – Part Two: The Long Awaited Conversation

On what turns out to be a blisteringly hot Saturday, Sean Mortell and his Eltham Tennis Club teammates clash with St John’s Catholic on the hallowed en-tout-cas of Banyule. Leading 5-4 in the deciding set, it’s up to Sean to serve for the match and a win for Eltham.

Paging Dr. Zachary Smith – ‘Oh the Pain. The Pain!’

Gregor Lewis ventures into some dangerous territory on Novak Djokovic’s form for requesting an injury time-out at crucial stages in big matches. Like Stephen Colbert, we think it, but Gregor says it.

Little Local Larrikins – Part One: Meeting the Scot and the Beard

Another season of competition tennis gets under way for Sean Mortell on the hallowed en tout cas courts of Grace Valley Tennis Club in the first instalment of Little Local Larrikins.

Yoshi’s Supporting Message to Andy Murray

Yoshi throws his support behind A Murray for tonight’s final of the Australian Open, and opens a great line of questioning regarding the role of gender in sport (or any field of expert endeavour). Of course, referencing his St Kilda Football Club.

Andy Murray – Zen and the art of racquet maintenance

Dave Brown reflects on the mental side of tennis and how Andy Murray stacks up for tonight’s Australian Open final.

Breakfast With the Goodfellas: Asian Cup, Australian Open tennis and Super Bowl XLIX Previews Episode

As a huge weekend of sport gets underway, Dr Cruel and Stone Cold Steve Baker get together for a bite of brekky at Mileto’s in Windsor and chat about the Asian Cup final between the Socceroos and South Korea, the Australian Open finals and Monday morning’s Super Bowl.

Adrian Quist

Adrian Quist made a significant contribution to Australian life.

Kyrgios and The Cod

Dips O’Donnell meditates on the crumbling facades of old houses and ageing tennis champions.

Nick Kyrgios’ Attitudes at the Tennis Court

Yoshi delves into Nick Kyrgios’ mindset during his mild on-court explosion recently. Includes a serve for tennis fans using social media.

From the back patio – Dave’s Australia Day sporting honours

Dave Brown enlists a fine Barossa Shiraz and a fine intellect to list his Top 10 Australia Day Sporting Honours (even Phil the Greek gets a gong – and unfortunately its not Dimitriadis).

Yoshi’s Ten Biggest Sporting Upsets : February 2014 – January 2015

Yoshi lists his 10 biggest sporting upsets that have occurred between February 2014 to January 2015. There’s a healthy smattering of AFL surprises, but also some shocks from the World Game and on the tennis courts, too.

“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?

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.