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.
Rafa Nadal is on the verge of winning his 21st Grand Slam title, but there’s a 25-year-old Russian Danill Medvedev who stands in the way. This is a final that isn’t much of a surprise. In the top half I thought Zverev was really the only player capable of taking Nadal out, but that match never eventuated. Continue reading Australian Open Mens Final Preview 2022
Australia has got what it wanted, so far. A massive Barty Party is about to break out, there’s only one more match go, but there’s a flat hitting American looking to crash this thing, even though the decorations are already up.
Do not count out Danielle Collins, Barty might lead the head to head 3-1, but the way the 28 year old from Florida absolutely demolished former French Open Champion Iga Swiatek in the semis this will not be destiny driven. Continue reading Australian Open Womens Final Preview 2022
You want drama, well you got it. The Djokovic fiasco has overtaken anything that’s happened on a tennis court during the lead up tournaments and whatever happens in the Federal Court hearing tomorrow will overshadow the next two weeks, regardless if the Serbian is in the draw or not. A lot of blame to go around here, but we’ll move on. Continue reading Australian Open Preview 2022