Category: The Other

Premier League Review: Oh, Arsene 

At ten thirty on Saturday night, a nation sat bewitched in front of its collective television set. Would he or wouldn’t he? If he did, would he opt for baggy, modesty covering shorts, or would he go all in, cock and balls visible as an outline through the tightiest of whities, or perhaps a luminous mankini? In the end, Gary went for the former, opting to stand before the camera with the probable knowledge that sitting down can make even the buffest of specimens look as though they’ve got three stomachs. It was the sensible choice. The salt and...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 14, Out

Serena Williams (USA) bt. Garbine Muguruza (E) 6-4, 6-4 Novak Djokovic (RS) bt. Roger Federer (CH) 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 Wimbledon has its two Singles champions for 2015, but with a total of nine such titles behind them already, neither needs a lot of introduction. It was Novak Djokovic’s third Wimbledon crown and the first time that a man has retained the trophy since his opponent in the final Roger Federer did it in 2007. Federer was insurpassable in his semi-final with Andy Murray and, as a result, whipped an already partisan crowd into a frenzy of anticipation of a fairytale...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 12, Roger and Out

Novak Djokovic (RS) bt. Richard Gasquet (F) 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-4 Roger Federer (CH) bt. Andy Murray (GB) 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 The 2015 Wimbledon Men’s Singles final will be between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland. Just as it was last year, in fact. The other 126 players in the draw must be wondering why they even bothered to turn up at all. I suppose two weeks in one of the world’s great capital cities during a warm July could be worse, but then there was also a Tube strike which was a bit of a pisser....

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 11, Blink and You’ll Miss It

Garbine Muguruza (E) bt. Agnieszka Radwanska (PL) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Serena Williams (USA) bt. Maria Sharapova (RU) 6-2, 6-4 Women’s semi final day at Wimbledon is always oddly anti-climactic. One the one hand, it’s the most significant day in the Ladies Singles to date but on the other, even if both matches are long drawn out affairs there’s only likely to be 3-4 hours of tennis. Coming from the previous days, when you could expect up to ten hours of action a day, one can start to feel a little short changed. It’s also a reminder that, as it...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 10, Stan Dan Deliver

Richard Gasquet (F) bt. Stanislas Wawrinka (CH) 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 Novak Djokovic (RS) bt. Marin Cilic (HRV) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Andy Murray (GB) bt. Vasek Pospisil (CDN) 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Roger Federer (CH) bt. Gilles Simon (F) 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 The last time the top four seeds reached the men’s semi finals – which, let’s face it, is what the seeding system is designed to ensure – was twenty years ago. In 1995, the pantheon consisted of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic. There are twelve Wimbledon Men’s Singles championships between that lot whereas the current crop...

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