Max Wiggins is an old campaigner when it comes to the Australian Open. Here he fills us in on the life of a ballkid.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 made a significant contribution to Australian life.
Dips O’Donnell meditates on the crumbling facades of old houses and ageing tennis champions.
Yoshi delves into Nick Kyrgios’ mindset during his mild on-court explosion recently. Includes a serve for tennis fans using social media.
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 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.
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?
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?
Rod Oaten spends his annual day at the Aus Open, handles the conditions, and sees a variety of good tennis from the international cast.
The easy melancholy that comes with watching the Australian Open raises a number of baffling questions for Lord Bogan aka Phil Dimitriadis.
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.
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.