The magic of saving a match point

The first round of the Australian Open was anything but easy for Angelique Kerber. She fought hard but her opponent matched her stroke by stroke. In the first set Kerber led by a break, but let the lead slip away and lost a tiebreaker. In the second set she led again, but lost the advantage. … Continue reading

Thirtysomethings can still do it

In 1990, the big story in tennis was a 13- year old, who was just starting a professional tennis career. 24 years on, can you imagine a crowd of reporters waiting somebody to play her first professional match?  Something similar happened twice in 1994, when there were two 14-year olds doing the same thing, one … Continue reading

Kookaburra as an umpire

It does take a very hot day to get me back writing. In Perth we are waiting for a surprise heatwave so early in summer. The temperatures should stay over 35 for the next five days, at least. Today should be only 34, they said in the weather forecast. The heat has not prevented me … Continue reading