"I think Tennis Australia should be talking to me. They never called me. Nobody talked about it directly. I think they'd rather not bump into it."
Mrs Court, this is a fairly difficult situation, as you will appreciate. Once again we congratulate you on your many tennis achievements – more than any female player ever. But we are frankly stunned by every suggestion that we have not honored you. Do you certainly agree that the Margaret Court Arena is an extraordinary honor? And do you agree that our opposition – so far – to all calls to change the name because of your extremely unpleasant homophobic comments is a sign of our continuing goodwill?
That brings us to the most delicate part of all …
You will remember a few years ago when you quoted the Bible when you stated that the only legitimate love is between a man and a woman. Your starting point was that when it comes to the LGBT + community, we are not all equal under the Zuiderkruis, because they are the work of "the devil". This has not only destroyed the gays among your followers, but also you between our many followers, and it meant that honoring a homophobic fanatic became problematic for us. Because after you claim that people with a different sexuality are not equal to you, it is frankly a bit much for you to say that you want equal treatment for Rod Laver who has never brought anything but honor to the game and his name .
At Tennis Australia we have no religious opinion and we welcome everyone. Nevertheless, since the Bible seems to be the only point of reference that you recognize, I think that despite your hard attacks on us, I should quote St Paul's advice in 1 Timothy 2:12, where the great saint says: "I do not allow a woman to teach or have authority over a man, she must remain silent."
Or Ephesians 5:22: "Women, submit to your husbands as to the Lord."
Or 1 Corinthians 11: 3-10: "The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man … For the man came not from the woman, but the woman from the man. Nor was the man created for women, but women for the man "
I trust you understand our point? At Tennis Australia we believe in equality and inclusion. It is problematic to publicly honor those who throw away these values. And for you to claim equal honor from Rod Laver, if it goes against the teachings of the Bible that you use to drive away gay people, frankly a bit much. And yes, I realize that you might find it hard when people criticize you and ignore your performance in tennis just because they don't like the views you have Chosen to express. But that is perhaps how the gays feel when you disapprove and criticize them simply because of the sexuality they were born with? The alternative to having no tolerance for intolerance is to tolerate it, in which case nothing would change. And we change, tailored to the world.
Nevertheless, we offer our greetings regardless.
Peter Fitz Simons,
Media Director Tennis Australia
"There are only three types of people in this world," says the old saying. "Those who make it happen, those who see it happen, and those who say & # 39; What the f — just happened? & # 39;"
Last Saturday night in Yokohama for the Rugby World Cup final, those places were filled in order by: 1. The Springboks; 2. The rugged public around the world; 3. The English team.
And yet, despite the fact that I am in camp 2, I still want a part of the reaction from camp 3.
How did England is faltering so much? Where was the team from the week before that the once powerful All Blacks completely decimated, who had girded South Africa three weeks earlier?
I mean, I always knew England would struggle a bit because of the powers of my Kiss of Death, and I recognized so much in my column: "England," I wrote, "is so strong, sooooooo strong I tell you, that they even my Kiss of Death will survive and romp home … My choice may not be ten or a dozen points away from them, but there will still be many points left to beat the Boks with the same amount. "
Well, I knew my Kiss of Death was powerful, but I had no idea it was Which powerful! And it still doesn't explain the absolute route of England, nor does it explain the fact that South Africa has offered the opportunity to play more intensively and better.
In the end there were two explanations. The loss of the English prop Kyle Sinckler as a result of concussion turned the English scrum into a rusty shopping cart, driven around the field at will. Secondly, the brutal, boring South African game plan managed to snook the English completely. It reminded me of the great Parramatta eel half Johnny Peard, who perfected the precision "bomb" 40 years ago – a ball so high in the sky that it gave his entire team every chance to sit under it when it landed in the near the vibrating fullback opponent somewhere in his try-line, making it about 50/50 that would get possession. Peard was so dominant with it that they had to change the rules.
In the case of the Springboks at the World Cup Final, however, it was the South African halfback Faf de Klerk who unveiled dozens of "Bok & # 39; s kicks". Don't worry about reaching the back line, just keep doing endless small spades at about 25 meters in the field to the opponent across the sidelines. As you run up, the sidelines cut off a possible direction for the winger to go, so if you frame your corners well, you can hit him with his back to the wall and often push him over the sidelines or force a mistake. Repeat this dozens of times and win the game!
And they did. It was deadly boring rugby, but effective – especially against a team that would have killed them in open play. England never entered the competition and never looked like winning.
Aside from such nasty comments about their triumph, the real highlight of the match came when Springbok captain Siya Kolisi spoke – just as he was about to be the first black man to raise the cup in triumph as the winning captain .
What a balance! What a humility! What a charisma!
This was a guy born the day before the wretched apartheid laws of South Africa were repealed and now his country pleased with a glorious victory, with all of South Africa – black and white – right behind him. It was something unthinkable during the Apartheid era and astonishing evidence of how far that country has come in the last quarter of a century.
And Kolisi is a man Rugby can be proud of.
Forbid the whip
TFF has already noted that the extremely blasphemous attitude of horse racing towards cheating, how proven offenders tend to be suspended only for short periods of time for things that would forbid them in other sports forever. The same blasé attitude was seen in the Melbourne Cup. Of the jockey who came second, Michael Walker, riding on Prince of Arran, it turned out that his horse with seven lashes had hit more than the allowable amount. He was fined $ 10,000 for his problems and was banned for seven meetings.
Reader Steve O & # 39; Reilly makes a very strong answer.
“Can you imagine a swimmer wearing a banned super costume and winning a gold medal? Or an NRL team that exceeds the salary limit and wins the Premiership? Maybe a golfer who uses an illegal broomstick putter and wins the US Masters? Or do the Wallabies win the Webb Ellis Cup with 17 players on the pitch?
But as a jockey you can break the whip rule and still win a Melbourne Cup along with all the prize money and compliments that come with it.
The obvious solution, to begin with, is to completely ban the whip.
What they said
James Maloney, settling with the Catalans Dragons: "Frans is a bit of a challenge, my wife and I went to the pharmacy to pick up a flu and I think we ended up with a pack of condoms, which is a bit late for us with four children."
Greg Norman, like hitting a golf ball – and I don't make this up – to be "as good as an orgasm": "I am deadly serious, there is an absolute rush. The rotation of your body, the timing, the feeling, the sound, the end result, the visual side of the ball that rises from the club face … it's just like that & # 39 ; n sensual feeling. " Someone will have to tell him the true pleasures of orgasms that are not imposed on themselves …
Greg Norman: "Very few people know this: when Tiger won the Masters this year, I wrote him a handwritten note and drove my way, maybe a quarter of a mile, and handed him hand to his guard at his gate." I said, "Hey, this is Greg Norman here. I have a note for Tiger – can you please deliver it to him by hand?" "Well, I've never heard a word from that man." It's good Tiger, you can come from behind the couch. Look, we know what it's like, but it's OK, he's gone now.
Fiona Crawford the co-author of Never Say Die: The Hundred Year Overnight Success of Australian Women & # 39; s & # 39; s Football, on the historic wage deal where the Matildas receive the same freight as the Socceroos: "Finally, they will be properly paid for playing instead of paying for the privilege of playing."
Eddie Jones after the World Cup Final: "We were not good enough and we were beaten by a better team."
Head in the Guardian after the world cup victory: "England was just as miserable as the weather. "
South African coach Rassie Erasmus: "In South Africa, being busy doesn't have a job, having a close relative who gets murdered. Rugby can't create pressure, it has to create hope. We have a privilege, not a burden."
Francois Pienaar on this Springbok win against the one he captained in 1995: "This is bigger. It is a transformed team with 58 million people watching South Africa, all races dressed in green, which would not have happened in my time."
South African captain Siya Kolisi: "We have so many problems in our country, but a team like this, we come from different backgrounds, different races, but we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it. I really hope we did that for South Africa. Simply shows that we can work together if we want to achieve something. "
Cathy Shabalala, a 25-year-old South African at the World Cup wins: “As South Africans, this feels so great. We are not always like that. And the bonus is that we played against our old colonizers and defeated them! We killed them! & # 39;
Ash Barty, after winning the Players Championship in China: "First of all, thank you for the mess … ah, the city of Shenzhen."
Twitter account of the MCG that replies to claims that it is the nice police: "Hello Daniel, we can confirm that there were no problems tonight with the construction of the" bucket pyramid "at T20 International."
Wellington Phoenix player Louis Fenton not a fan of VAR: “I thought 100 percent was not a pen. It didn't get in my hand. It is f — ed. "
Jason Taumalolo judged Tonga & # 39; s sensational win over Australia as a high point in the career, surpassing the 2015 premiere he won with North Queensland: "That's right next to the premiership. I think it's probably a (better) one. That was probably my biggest game. This is the highlight of my career."
Mal Meninga after losing to Tonga: "Every time the Aussies are defeated, it is good for the game. We live with that."
BetEasy & # 39; s CEO Matt Tripp The Australian: "Sales fell on each of the major racing days in the Melbourne Spring Carnival, and continued on the Melbourne Cup day. There has been a decrease in the number of people who have bet on the major races themselves and this was enough to drive lower total sales. "
Team of the week
Matildas. In a movement that made headlines and led sports bulletins around the world, they now have the same wage deal as Socceroos.
Ash Barty. They call her for a reason & # 39; Cash & # 39; Barty! Won $ 11.3 million in this final season, in second place after Serena Williams' $ US12.3 million in 2013, and the $ US4.4 million she won last weekend was the biggest tennis prize in history. And although she is only 23, she is now 24th on the list for the most money a female player has earned in a career, for names like Seles, Capriati, Evert and Sabatini and surpasses male players such as Rafter, Courier and Safin.
Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry. Combined for a world record partnership of 199, a record partnership for every major Twenty20 women's competition.
Tonga. Their victory over the Kangaroos last Saturday means that they have beaten Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand for the past two years, giving the competition a much needed fourth contender for what is otherwise a farce of international competition.
South Africa. Have now won the World Cup three times – equal to the All Blacks – an achievement that is all the more impressive due to the fact that they did not participate in the first two World Cups in 1987 and 1991.
Melbourne Cup. Cast 450,000 viewers compared to last year when #NupToTheCup started on social media, and they had the lowest number of attendees in the last quarter of a century. It happened the same week that the Dapto Dogs announced – oddly – that it would close, even if that decision is now in legal dispute.
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist and columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald.