I’M going to make a bold statement here, but it’s one that I think is on the money.
Craig McLaughlin’s comedy career is in a better state than Australian tennis at the moment.
And if we didn’t have sporadic moments of success from Sam Stosur, then we’d be in an even deeper hole.
The way that Bernard Tomic carried on in his first-round loss at Wimbledon last week was nothing short of disgraceful.
He simply didn’t want to be there and he made that abundantly clear with his lack of effort. Then, to give the appearance that he cared, he started smashing his racquet to pieces.
To see him then get booed off by the Wimbledon crowd was very satisfying.
In his post-match press conference, he said there were some personal issues playing on his mind.
Well, that might be the case but if you’re not in the right frame of mind to take part in the most prestigious Grand Slam of all, then give your spot to somebody who actually wants to be there and is willing to put in the effort.
At least Lleyton Hewitt, whether you like him or not, gives everything he’s got to give.
On an unrelated note, you may remember reading in Back Chat several weeks ago about my distaste for excessive grunting in women’s tennis.
Well, it seems I’m not the only one who holds that view as the Women’s Tennis Association is set to crack down on unnecessary grunting.
Umpires could soon be carrying handheld devices that measure noise levels to determine whether grunting is below an “acceptable level”.
Maria Sharapova is finally going to have to come up with a new game plan.
SYDNEY’S GIANT DERBY FLOP
If the AFL was to have one massive anti-climax this season, then Saturday night’s match between the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants was it.
I’ll admit, I didn’t watch all of the game but the bits I saw were more than enough. Of course, the Giants weren’t expected to win (and realistically they probably won’t win a derby for a few more years), but this was as one-sided and dull as derbies get.
A crowd of 22,565 turned up at ANZ Stadium – not bad, you might think. Well, it was a crystal clear night in Sydney, the game had more than its fair share of build-up in the press and there were no big NRL matches in the harbour city on Saturday.
Not to mention, more than 38,000 turned up for the corresponding fixture in round one. But it wasn’t just that; the atmosphere at the ground was as flat as the occasion.
SPAIN CONQUERS ALL IN KIEV
Spain confirmed its status as one of the greatest football teams in history on Monday morning with an emphatic 4-nil win over Italy in the final of Euro 2012.
You might think after a 4-nil demolition that the result was somewhat expected, but in fact it was the first time in almost 100 years that Spain had beaten the Azzuri in a competitive match.
Not even outspoken Italian striker Mario Balotelli could prevent the Spanish onslaught.
Balotelli made headlines before the final when he warned Spanish defender Gerard Pique that he would make him look silly in front of his pop star girlfriend Shakira.
“I will invite Shakira to the final, so that she can see what I will do to her boyfriend,” Balotelli said pre-game.
For the record, Balotelli stormed off the pitch in tears after the match.