Scored some free centre court tix for the Oz Open tennis last night. Gold. Jelena Dokic put on a great show to beat her more favoured opponent Anna Chakvetadze in 3 sets. It was clearly an emotional experience for Dokic, and I found myself fighting to hold back a tear as she thanked the crowd for their support.
The second match was not of such a high calibre with Bernard Tomic taking on Gilles Muller. Soap box moment required. Every member of our sports media should be shot. In a similar way to the extraordinarily unfair treatment of David Warner lately, the media have shown blatent disregard for Tomic’s lack of years, thrusting him into the spotlight of a centre court match. In reality, the match deserved back-court status.
Tomic fought hard to take the first but Muller took the next three easily to come through with the expected result. When will the media learn that it’s in young players’ best interests to allow them time to prove themselves on the big stage before bringing all the pressure and expectation of a nation to bear on them?