Tag Archive: Wimbledon Championships


Why Marion Bartoli deserves our respect

The women’s game in tennis can struggle to get any meaningful attention, for a number of reasons connected to, and independent of, the sport itself.

Overshadowed | Women's tennis is often ignored for a number of reasons, but the treatment of Marion Bartoli rightfully caused outrage. (Image | The Guardian)

Overshadowed | Women’s tennis is often ignored for a number of reasons, but the treatment of Marion Bartoli rightfully caused outrage. (Image | The Guardian)

Having to deal with the lack of great rivalries compared to previous years, the incomparable brilliance currently on show in the men’s game, and pervasive sexism that still exists in society, it looked as though the 2013 Wimbledon Championships women’s singles final might end up being an eminently forgettable affair.

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As another sporting year begins there may be a certain feeling that nothing could top the unforgettable year of 2012, which saw a magnificent Olympic Games, the European Championships, a British Grand Slam winner after so long and much more.

Mario Balotelli | Why, oh why is it always him? (Image | Manchester City FC)

Mario Balotelli | Having once again hit the headlines after a row with manager Roberto Mancini in training, we ask: why, oh why is it always him? (Image | Manchester City FC)

However, there are more than enough prizes to be decided over the next 12 months, some of which are fairly easy to predict, while others remain very much open to debate.

The Armchair Pundits, therefore, has taken a look at the calendar and pinpointed five “sure-fire successes”, some of which are bound to be as controversial as Mario Balotelli and about as likely as Tom Daley being handed his own diving-themed show on televi… Oh, hang on.

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Roger Federer: the greatest of all time

Seventh time lucky | Roger Federer played Andy Murray off the court after a shaky start, the mark of a true champion. (Image | News.au)

There can be no doubting that, after today’s triumph and Roger Federer’s seventh Wimbledon Championship, the Swiss is the greatest tennis player of all time. After the match, during which the 30-year-old broke British hearts by dispatching Andy Murray in four sets, Federer oozed class as he accepted his winner’s trophy.

At times today, Federer was majestic and unbeatable. Murray had no answer for the world number three as he dominated the second set, narrowly defeated the Scot in the third, and gathered all the momentum he needed to power through under the roof on Centre Court.

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