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US Open Tennis

 

Rafael Nadal celebrates his fourth US Open victory. (Source: Twitter/@AustralianOpen)

By Katrina Allen

This article appears on LanguedocLiving.com

It was an exciting Slam this year with a lot of close matches, in particular in the women’s event.

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The Trans Debate in Women’s Tennis

  This article appears in Stuff.co.nz

Tennis ‘badly needs consistent policies for trans players’ in top pro events

WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova says she just wants fairness in the transgender sports issue.
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WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova says she just wants fairness in the transgender sports issue.

OPINION: Earlier this year, Martina Navratilova, a much-lauded lesbian role model, caused a media storm with her remarks on transgender athletes, saying: “It’s insane and it’s cheating.”

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Equal Prize Money Question in Tennis

This Article appears in Stuff.co.nz

Women’s tennis would benefit from five-set thrillers

When it comes to the slams, the women haven't even been offered the opportunity to play best-of-five. Simona Halep holds the trophy after being too good for Serena Williams in the Wimbledon women's final.
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When it comes to the slams, the women haven’t even been offered the opportunity to play best-of-five. Simona Halep holds the trophy after being too good for Serena Williams in the Wimbledon women’s final.

OPINION: At this year’s Wimbledon, the women’s final between Simona Halep and Serena Williams lasted under one hour, ending in a 6-2 6-2 whitewash.

The men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lasted just under five hours in a five set thriller.

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Wimbledon Qualifying

Wimbledon Qualifying

Fever Tree Champinships, Queens 2019

Federer and Murray Win Wimbledon Warm-Up Titles

 

Roland Garros 2019

This article appeared in LanguedocLiving. com

 

It was a reasonably good French Open this year, and although there were some great matches, I wouldn’t call it a hugely memorable one.

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Endless suffering of Andy Murray.

This was published in Stuff.co.nz

Endless suffering of Andy Murray raises questions around player welfare

 

OPINION: Exactly one year ago former world No 1 Andy Murray pulled out of Aussie Open citing a hip injury.

Shortly after, he made a major decision – to have surgery on that hip.

He seemed very positive after the operation, fairly certain that he would make a full recovery and get back to business.

Andy Murray clutches his hip at Queen's in 2018, it has hampered him ever since and hastened his retirement.
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Andy Murray clutches his hip at Queen’s in 2018, it has hampered him ever since and hastened his retirement.

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Australian Open, 2019. Languedoc Living.

The Australian Open, 2019

by Katrina Allen 

Andy Murray at Queen’s Club

 

 

The big news of the fortnight was Andy Murray tearfully announcing his retirement. Exactly one year ago, he had surgery on his hip and never really recovered. He came back at Queen’s last June but was clearly not in great shape, pulling out of Wimbledon a couple of weeks later and hadn’t won any major tournaments since.

He lost in a tight five-setter against Bautista-Agut and didn’t appear to be hampered but who knows how he felt the next day. He’s hoping to make his farewell at Wimbledon but isn’t sure if he’ll be able to play without too much pain in the months prior. So this may have been his finale . Read More

Andy Murray’s Last Tournament? Aussie Open 2019

Alexander Zverev – the New Face of Tennis???

This article appeared in Stuff.co.nz and The Dominion Post

Is Alexander Zverev changing the guard, from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic?

Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates victory with the trophy following the singles final against Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London.
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Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates victory with the trophy following the singles final against Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London.

OPINION: So, the 21-year-old German, Alexander Zverev, won the end of season ATP championships in London, a highly-coveted title, played out by the top eight men’s tennis players in the world.

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Reader’s Comment

On Stuff.co.nz article:
Well written. She should have been banned from at least one Grand Slam if not all of 2019 Slams.
The paltry fine imposed was simply pathetic. She could pay that from change in her purse. But, of course, she would never be banned because she is the darling of the predominantly Yank tennis world and she is seen as a drawcard for more money.

 

From Down Under

This article appeared in Stuff.co.nz

Did Serena Williams really expect to get away with calling Carlos Ramos a ‘liar and a thief’ in front of millions?

OPINION: A huge number of fans, (in particular, Americans, since she is, of course virtually royalty there), seem to agree with Serena Williams that the game docked from her in the US Open Final was about sexism.

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Reader’s Comment…

Nice to get this from a reader:
Hi, I really enjoy reading Languedoc Living every day.   I especially appreciate Katrina Allen’s updates on the major tennis tournaments and I totally endorse her article about Serena’s behaviour in the US Open’s Ladies Final.
 
 I would like to point out that Serena screams racism;  doesn’t screaming abuse at a Portuguese umpire constitute racism?  I would have thought so.

The US Open Tennis 2018 – highlights

 

This article appeared in Languedocliving.com

The US Open was filled with controversy this year, making the whole thing rather interesting for reasons other than just the tennis.

For British viewers, the tournament was being aired, for the first time, on Amazon Prime. The whole user experience was dreadful. At one point Amazon was so overwhelmed with complaints that the system crashed and reviews were suspended. Read More

Diva Magazine, The Gay Games, Paris, 4th – 11th August, 2018.

“Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best”

by Katrina Allen

The Gay Games, a huge sporting event, is held, like the Olympics, every four years.

It first took place in San Francisco in 1982, featuring 17 sports, 12 nations and 1,350 participants. It was a huge success and it was clear that this LGBT+ sporting celebration would continue.

Since then, the event has been held in cities such as Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney and Cologne. Each time the numbers have increased. By 2006 there were 30 sports and cultural events, 70 nations and 11,700 participants.

This year, the sporting extravaganza is to be held in Paris from 4th -11th August.

The Gay Games was initially known as the Gay Olympics but objections were raised by the Olympic Committee and the name was changed. It was a reasonable request since the whole ethos of the Gay Games is about inclusion, not just within the community but also across various standards, which go from beginner to expert. The Olympics, of course, is all about excellence, world-class athletes within their sport.

From synchronised swimming to pétanque to wrestling – you name it … The full list of sports can be found at https://www.paris2018.com/sports-list/ Read More

Wimbledon 2018

This article appeared in Languedoc Living

Novak Djokovic (photo: Katrina Allen)

 

 

 

 

 

Much of Wimbledon was rather flat this year due to World Cup frenzy coinciding with the Championships.

Even some of the players appeared to want to cheer on their teams rather than play their own matches.

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Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2018

Real Tennis – Wimbledon Debentures Website

Real Tennis, what exactly is it?

 

About time!

At this point, the commentator said “and that’s her girlfriend and coach”. I have never heard that from a commentator before.

Good on them all for normalising it…

And it was replayed on match of the day – Navratilova raised her eyebrows, grinned and gave an approving nod in Becker’s direction. Clare Balding said nothing – she should have done but maybe she was worried about her job – wouldn’t surprise me.

 

 

Murray Out! All Eyes on Edmund..

                  Andy Murray Clutching at Hip (photo: Katrina Allen)

So, Andy Murray has withdrawn from Wimbledon. It’s sad for him and it’s also sad for those of us who were rubbing our hands in anticipation of what would have been a fascinating match against the Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round. Paire would have been a tricky opponent, having had two match points in a hugely tense final set tie break against Roger Federer in Halle.
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