Ash Barty wins Wimbledon last year, now Nick Kyrgios wins Wimbledon this year, outrageous right? With Barty’s retirement we all thought the chances an Australian would win the Mens or Womens singles the following year were slim to none.
Here we have a Tunisian born 27 year old who is the first woman from the African continent to reach a Slam final up against a 23 year old born in Moscow who lives in Moscow yet is allowed to compete at this years Wimbledon because in 2018 she changed nationality to Kazakhstan as their tennis federation were prepared to give her more funding, talk about a good move. It’s two incredible stories; it’s Ons Jabeur vs Elena Rybakina.
Gauff v Anisimova is essential viewing
Get used to this matchup. I have a feeling in the years to come we’ll be seeing a lot of it, which bodes well for Women’s Tennis. Here we have two young dynamos with the charisma and game to keep fans glued to the TV. They’ve only played once at the pro level but in this Wimbledon 3rd round match up we’ll be seeing two future Grand Slam champions in action. Continue reading Wimbledon thoughts week 1 – 2022
The ‘Big W’ kicks off this week still under the controversy cloud after the ban of Russian/Belarus players and the ATP/WTA decision to retaliate by not awarding any ranking points for the tournament. Apparently the British Government couldn’t bare the thought of a Royal handing the trophy over on the final Sunday to a Russian and that being used for Putin Propaganda. Continue reading Wimbledon Preview 2022
It’s the King of Clay against a 23-year-old uber fit Norwegian. Nadal has been the one to emerge from the Novak-Alcaraz-Rafa brutal section and Casper Ruud came through the “this is anyone’s guess” bottom half of the draw. This is the first Slam final for Ruud, it will be Nadal’s 30th. There’s a 13-year age gap, over the course of 5 sets could it make a difference? Continue reading French Open Mens Final Preview 2022
World number 1 Iga Swiatek is exactly where she expected to be, in the final. Now on a 32 match winning streak the 21-year-old from Poland is one more good match away from bagging her second Grand Slam. Coco Gauff, the 18-year-old American had never been beyond the fourth round of a Slam, until now. This is the classic hot favorite vs the underdog. Continue reading French Open Womens Final Preview 2022
Movie theatres worldwide owe a debt of gratitude to Tom Cruise. Top Gun Maverick has brought the masses back in droves with box office takings to the sequel of the 1986 original closing in on US$350 million, after only a week of release. Continue reading Top Gun Maverick
Ash Barty is retired, Novak is back and the Russians are still banned at Wimbledon. Storylines at the Slams are forever changing; making Melbourne seem light years ago, yet the French Open is days away. Continue reading French Open Preview 2022
Robert Eggers is an indie storyteller venturing into the mainstream. His previous two creations, the gothic slow burner ‘The Witch’ (2015) and weirdly funny ‘The Lighthouse’ (2019) both became under the radar cult classics. Now, with his major studio debut ‘The Northman’ the 38-year-old Director was banking on taking his dark vision to the masses. Continue reading The Northman
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is into its 9th week and professional sporting leagues and events around the world have been banning athletes from Russia and Belarus since early March.