Saturday, 26 June 2010

The Sporting Week...

I love this time of year, there's so much going on sport wise - tomorrow there's the European Grand Prix with England-Germany in the World Cup straight after... It's got potential to be a great day!

Last weekend Scotland won it's first ever Rugby Union test series in the Southern Hemisphere against Argentina. A decade or so ago, this wouldn't have been regarded as a huge achievement - Argentina having been in the second tier of test nations. Not so now - they were two places above Scotland in the rankings (a situation now reversed by the win and results elsewhere).

The challenge now for Scotland is to build on this in the Autumn Internationals (against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa)... and then, of course, there's the Six Nations in the spring...

Also this week, Wimbledon got off to a glorious start and Andy Murray seems to have put the disappointments of the past few months behind him to advance to the 4th round without dropping a set.

The biggest sporting story of the week though - other than England setting up tomorrow's tie with Germany - was the historic match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. It was amazing to watch them trade game after game without either giving way. Not only was it a tremendous advert for Tennis and Wimbledon, it was one of those events where sport transcends the mundane to become a statement on the human condition. Isner and Mahut's have not only earned a place in the record books but in the hearts and minds of all those who followed the story of the three day long epic encounter.


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