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Author: Mark

The 2015 Women’s World Cup – The QFs & SFs: Bassett Blameless

“It’s off the bar and it’s away…and the referee has given it,” screamed BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce, almost begging for goal-line technology to save the day. Pearce, along with the vast majority of the TV audience watching England’s Women’s World Cup semi-final with Japan, clung onto the hope that Laura Bassett’s savagely goalbound intervention in Japan’s last attack of the game had bounced clear of the goal because it bounced in front of the line. But those with more of a clue than Pearce about goal-line technology (i.e. all of us – remember Brazil last year) quickly realised the...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 4, Oh It Was Hot

Heather Watson (GB) bt. Daniella Hantuchova (SK) 6-4, 6-2 David Goffin (B) bt. Liam Broady (GB) 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-1 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt. Juan Monaco (RA) 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4 Ah, the folly of messing around with a perfectly good system. Wimbledon has been shunted back one week in the tennis tour schedule for the first time in 2015 and the weather has responded by going haywire. A temperature of 41.6 degrees Celsius was recorded yesterday, making 1st July 2015 officially the hottest day at Wimbledon, ever. This is the sort of temperature that makes the average fan at the...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 3, (15-love is like a) heatwave

Roger Federer (CH) bt. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 Andy Murray (GB) bt. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4 As much as Centre Court might not want to consider the prospect, there will come a day in the not-too-distant future that neither Roger Federer or Andy Murray will be present in the Wimbledon draw. Wimbledon is, of course, far too great an institution to take too big a hit from this set of circumstances. But nevertheless, it will be a wrench. Federer is, in spite of Murray’s heroics in 2013 and (at Roger’s expense) in the 2012 Olympic...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 2, A Tale Of Three Broadys

Liam Broady (GB) bt. Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 Mariana Duque-Marino (CO) bt. Naomi Broady (GB) 7-6(5), 6-3 Before television cameras were invented there was an unlikely man called Fred Perry. Despite the notable and obvious handicap of being British he was the world’s best tennis player. Fred Perry was from Stockport, on the face of it hardly a noted hotbed of lawn tennis, but the Greater Manchester town again proved its credentials yesterday having produced the most notable tennis playing brother and sister combination since Boris and Doris Becker, Liam and Naomi Broady. Liam Broady...

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Wimblemund 2015 – Day 1, The Live Coverage

Greetings one and all to sunny SW19, which I am watching from sunny BN3. Which I’m hoping will be near enough to be definitive. It’s the opening Monday at Wimbledon which means the reigning men’s champion opens up proceedings on Centre Court. It also means that the courts are all still nice and green and the draw is still wide open. This time next week, the only remaining active players in the tournament will look like the secret identities of superheroes. On opening day, we are presented with a motley smorgasbord of white clad combatants: old ones, fat ones,...

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