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2015 Genie: Three wishes for the year

Three wishes for 2015 - a doping focus on a sport other than cycling, more head-to-head competition, and less force-feeding of cherries and extreme science. None are likely true, but one can wish...

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Melting in Melbourne: Thoughts on the heat

Heat-induced collapses, retirements and capitulations finally forced Australian Open organizers to suspend play on Day 4 due to extreme heat. Amidst allegations of inhumane conditions, here are thoughts on the physiology of the heat, and why perceptions of comfort may hold the compromise solution

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25 Jun 2010 Posted in Tennis

Isner vs Mahut finally ends at 70-68

It’s been over 24 hours since the longest game in history finally ended.  At one point, it seemed that we might still be playing into the second week of Wimbledon, but eventually, in the 138th match of an epic set, Mahut finally conceded a game on serve, and John Isner of the USA emerged victorious, […]

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24 Jun 2010 Posted in Tennis

Mahut v Isner, 59-59: An epic for the ages

Update:  The marathon match finally ended, the USA’s John Isner claiming an extra-ordinary 70-68 victory in the fifth and final set.  Below is a post that was written at 59-59 in the fifth, when play was halted due to light on the second day. The match will go down as one of the truly great […]

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28 Jan 2008 Posted in Tennis/Track and Field

Sports news – athletics and tennis

Just a quick filler news article today, to comment on some very interesting sports performances from the past weekend. First, we look at some results from the distance races at the Reebok Indoor Athletics meeting from Boston – Ethiopian women in fine form and Craig Mottram signalling his intent for 2008. Then we look briefly […]

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11 Jun 2007 Posted in Tennis

Roger vs Rafa: A lesson in application

A lot has no doubt been written about Rafael Nadal’s third consecutive French Open title yesterday, made all the more significant by the fact that he, yet again, denied Roger Federer a chance to complete the set of Grand Slams. Commentators speak of Federer as though he is the greatest player in history and perhaps […]

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