Why is your nose so red? The wacky world of Wimbledon

July 7, 2009

With hundreds of members of the international press descending on the All England Club every year to cover Wimbledon, players inevitably face a range of questions in their post-match news conferences as reporters seek to find a new or quirky angle for a story.

What Laver thinks about record-breaking Federer

July 6, 2009

Rod Laver is one of the few players from down the years who might still be considered an equal of Roger Federer and the twice-calendar-slam winner, now 70, is in no mood to concede the title of Greatest of All Time to the Swiss.

Roddick gatecrashes Murray’s Wimbledon party

July 3, 2009

roddickThe build-up to Friday’s second Wimbledon semi-final was all about Briton Andy Murray but the man of the hour was the fearless American Andy Roddick.

Murraymania keeps on building … but Andy’s unimpressed

July 1, 2009

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Andy Murray’s brutal straight sets victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero took him through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time in his career on Wednesday but while the centre court fans and the Henman Hill mob did their Mexican waves one man was singularly unimpressed by the Murraymania.

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Will Murray success at Wimbledon be RBS’s best return?

July 1, 2009

Royal Bank of Scotland is not best known for backing winners.

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So the Scottish bank must be savouring Andy Murray's run at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

Does women’s tennis offer value for money?

June 30, 2009

lisickiNow is not a good time to compare the men’s game with the women’s and the question of value for money, both for the people who hand out the prize money and for those who buy the tickets, has come up again.

From the sublime to the ridiculous at Wimbledon

June 30, 2009

The trouble with a match as riveting as Andy Murray’s against Stanislas Wawrinka is that it’s very hard to find something good enough to follow it … and women’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon was singularly unable to do so.

Wimbledon raises the roof … whether they needed to or not

June 29, 2009

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Like a man who comes back from the shops with a dirty big power tool and immediately decides the pictures need re-hanging, Wimbledon just couldn’t resist putting their expensive new toy to use … even if it wasn’t completely clear they needed it.

With one final shriek, Sharapova is gone

June 24, 2009

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It’s beyond me how anyone can deride women’s tennis as being dull. The relentless changing of the guard at the top of the world rankings and the general air of a free-for-all that the grand slams are cited as weak points in the game, when the sheer unpredictability of women’s tennis (compared to the men’s game) is precisely the reason it should be celebrated.