Almanac (Sports) History: It all happened on January 21 (with a bit of music thrown in)

Some big names feature in memorable sporting moments that happened on January 21; a couple Poms display a sense of fun; and it wouldn’t be The Almanac if it didn’t feature a bit of music!

Tennis and Eternity

Under the glorious elms at Yarrawonga, Dips ponders the essentials of life; generational change and mortality, tennis, music, and realising, as Shakespeare wrote, that “life is but a walking shadow.”

Almanac Tennis: Can we compare the tennis greats of today to the legends of yesterday? Two different views by Philip Mendes and Lucas Lewit-Mendes

Should you compare players across eras? Philip says no, Lucas says yes. Who is right?

57 Mt Pleasant Street (part 4): it’s the fun, stupid

“It can’t be that simple, can it?” E.regnans on the one link that binds all sports across all countries across all the years. Sport reporting has never been so existential.

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.

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.

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.

Summer of Tennis : The Top 15 Tennis Players 1974 – 2014

Philip Mendes has seen a lot of tennis. As we get prepared for the 2015 Australian Open, Philip ranks his 15 greatest players of the ‘modern’ era.