Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AO Tennis

I wonder if these transport cars for minor level competitors in the Australian Open Tennis are transported around Australia and their decals changed, depending on the event. They are driven by volunteer drivers and one of our neighbours volunteered a few years ago. She did not really enjoy it as most of the players were not friendly and treated her worse than if she was paid staff.


The sun was shining and a cool breeze blowing and it was just one lovely day as a couple of hundred people crowded  the Flinders Street at tram stop outside the station.


A couple of these big beasts soon cleared the happy crowd but the platform quickly filled again as more people arrived.


I was in town and going to see a friend in hospital by train, but I wasn't in a rush so I thought I would go to the tennis and see what is to be seen without paying, and it wasn't very much at all. I joined the masses to the tennis and after taking a couple of photos, I caught the tram to Richmond and then the train to Malvern from there.


It will soon be time for the Grand Prix car race but it does not add to Melbourne's atmosphere anywhere near what the tennis does. I am sure there is some crossover, but I think generally people who go to the tennis would not go to the car racing.


Australia has done very badly in the tennis just past the halfway mark and once again we have been shamed by poor behaviour of one of our players.

19 comments:

  1. AS you may know, tennis is the one sport I do follow. I've been getting up in the middle of the night to watch it live from Melbourne. However, as my favourite player Murray is now out, my enthusiasm for middle of the night tennis has evaporated.

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    1. Poor old Sir Andy. Do you make yourself a Pimms when you get up at night for the tennis?

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  2. Andrew what a lovely summer I like tennis

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    1. Gosia, it is very popular here.

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  3. It always amazes me when *stars*, whatever the country, don't show exemplary behavior. They have the world at their fingertips.

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    1. Sandra, who could forget Becker's atrocious behaviour.

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  4. Too many of our stars think that their athleticism is a 'get out of jail free' card. And it often is.

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    1. EC, at least public opinion of such behaviour is known to the competitors. What must Federer think of some players' behaviour.

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  5. The Grand Prix car race drowns out conversation at our place, even though we are 5 ks away :( The Tennis Open brings fun, colour, active support for the players, half way decent food and wine... what more could a city want?

    I am leaving the house in an hour, to be ready for the Tennis' opening matches at 11 AM. Good seats, hat and sun screen at the ready!

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    1. Hels, I hope you had a great time, a little sunny and with a cool breeze should make it very nice.

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  6. Goes with the sport the not so good behaviour, they only make a fool of themselves in my eye - and so many of them over the years from all countries.
    Don't care much for car racing, there one minute and then zoomed past.
    It's all good for the economy though.

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    1. Margaret, they are not all like that. I don't even remember an issue with Raffie. Victoria expends something like $60 million on the Grand Prix and does not recoup anywhere near that in sheer dollars from tourists. Exposure of Melbourne to the world is very hard to quantify, but I am sure it does not encourage many tourists. The GP is slowly dying by attendance figures and the money would be better spent elsewhere.

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  7. Not just one of our players (who I wish would leave the game and take up basketball. He could join the Easter Island team). He could take Tomic the Tank Engine along with him because he looks like an escapee from said Easter Island!

    I love the tennis...I've been a dedicated watcher of it through this month, as I always am come January...on TV, of course.

    We've got a couple good young players coming through. I hope they maintain their present attitudes and not become clones of the two mentioned above.

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    1. Lee, I remember when Kyrios first came to our notice.....interviews, and with his mother. I had high hopes that he would not be a Tomic. Futile high hopes. Do you think Tomic and Kyrios think all publicity is good?

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    2. I think both Tomic and Kyrgios are arrogant dickheads, Andrew. I've never like Tomic since I first saw him step onto a court when he was a 16 year old.

      I, too, like you and many others thought Kyrgios, when he first arrive on the scene was our "new white hope", but he soon shot down those hopes. I think his parents and his older brother, and probably his older sister, too, should take him down behind the wood shed and teach him a few of life's lessons. His parents should've have done so long before this, though. If he was my kid, I'd be very ashamed of him. But then, if he was my kid, he wouldn't behave the way he behaves - full stop!

      His performance the other night was disgraceful. I was wishing the officials would tell him to leave the court. I wish Tennis Australia would just be brave and ban him from the game.

      If he can't mentally handle the world he is in; if he won't listen to and head advice; if he thinks he's too clever and knowledgeable about the game of tennis to have a coach...Kyrgios should leave the game...taking Tomic with him.

      And that, my friend, is my take on the situation! lol

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    3. Lee, much as most people think, I reckon. The tennis orgs only have themselves to blame for allowing poor behaviour and sportsmanship.

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  8. I've heard a bit about the poor behaviour on the news and read a bit in the paper too, apparently John MacEnroe has said Kyrgios is badly behaved (or words to that effect), coming from a champion racquet thrower, that's damning indeed.

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    1. River, I mentioned Boris Becker in comments, but it was MacEnroe I was really thinking about. He was appalling.

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  9. One of our players.. no names mentioned but we all know who he is 😊

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