The Professor and the panel of Coutta, the Judge, the Gelding and Paul Dalligan talk with Roddy Reynolds about the Wimbledon tennis tournament and look at the form of Nick Kyrgios, Matt Ebden and Max Purcell. Paul Dalligan reviews round 17 of the NRL and previews State of Origin #3. The panel query whether a 50 metre penalty is too great a sanction for umpire ‘dissent’ and Gelding gives some tips for the Wodonga and Ballarat race meetings.
The Professor and the panel of the Judge, the Gelding, Coutta and Paul Dalligan talked with special guest, Roddy Reynolds as they reviewed the Wimbledon results to date and discussed how far the Aussies still left in the tournament would go.
Paul Dalligan looked at round 16 of the NRL and the panel took the AFL to task about the mixed messages in the media regarding a 19th team in Tasmania and the dearth of publicity given to the AFLW draft held during the week.
After a reasonable outing last week, including the winning Professor’s Parlay, the Professor and the Gelding fix their focus on today’s Caulfield meeting where the track is currently rated a Soft 7 but showers are forecast during the day so that rating may be downgraded. The rail is out 3 metres for the entire circuit.
Don’t forget to back the tips each way!
Race 1 Horse 1 – Seven Sisters (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 3 Horse 2 – Bigolino (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 9 – Lyrical Lad
Race 8 Horse 4 – Oxley Road
Race 5 Horse 2 – Inundation into Brisbane to beat Essendon (AFL) into Parramatta Eels to beat Wests Tigers (NRL)
The Professor and the panel of the Gelding, the Judge, Coutta and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel tomorrow from 12.00pm AEST. Special guest, tennis commentator Roddy Reynolds to review the Wimbledon 2022 tournament and Nick Kyrgios’ chances in the men’s final.
Good luck and good punting!
The Professor and the Gelding had a successful outing last Saturday with 2 winners and a placing from 4 selections and the Professor’s Parlay all getting up. They will be trying to better that today at Caulfield where the track is rated a Soft 6 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.
Don’t forget to back the tips each way!
Race 6 Horse 7 – Inundation (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 3 – Arran Bay (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 2 Horse 3 – Ghanaati
Race 5 Horse 1 – Chief Altony
Race 2 Horse 3 – Ghanaati into Toronto Blue Jays to beat Milwaukee Brewers (MLB) into New York Yankees to beat Houston Astros (MLB)
The Professor and the panel of the Judge, Coutta and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport tomorrow on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00pm AEST. Coutta will be giving his Wimbledon preview.
Good luck and good punting!
The Professor and the panel of the Judge and Paul Dalligan discuss the news of a new collective bargaining agreement for the AFLW and Paul Dalligan reviews round 11 of NRL action. They also looked at the145th running of the Preakness Stakes won by Early Voting, the decision of the ATP and WTA to scrap Wimbledon’s ranking points in 2022 and the Australian hopefuls in the French Open that starts later tonight. The Gelding phoned in from Hawaii with his tips for today’s Wangaratta races.
The Professor and the panel of the Judge, Paul Dalligan, Dan Butterly and Coutta discuss Ash Barty’s and Dylan Alcott’s wins at Wimbledon, the NBA playoffs between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks, whether Patty Mills should be able to carry the aboriginal flag with the Australian flag at the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony, Sha’Cari Richardson’s suspension from the US Olympic team for testing positive to cannabis, NRL round 17 and State of Origin 3.
You can watch the show on our You Tube page here.
At 25, Bernard Tomic has accomplished much in the tennis world but with Tennis Australia choosing not to offer Tomic a ‘wild card’ entry into the Australian Open field, his tennis career looks like it is on a very slippery, downward slope. Without automatic entry, Tomic has already indicated he had no interest in competing in the qualifying rounds.
Having attained his highest ATP tennis ranking of 17 in January 2016, he managed only eight wins after last year’s Australian Open causing a fall in the world rankings to #140. He has not played competitively since November 2017 and, after withdarwing from this month’s Brisbane International, we may have seen the last of Tomic at an ATP Tour or Grand Slam event.
If that is the case, then he will be like a number of young Australian tennis professionals who streak across the sky only to burn out in the heavy atmosphere that is the pro tennis circuit. Poise, composure, work ethic and tact are all qualities that go into making a good professional in any sporting field. After observing Tomic’s career, it is difficult to say he has any of those traits. One only needs to look at Tomic’s performance in a first round straight sets loss to Mischa Zverev at last year’s Wimbledon tournament and his petulant comments made at the aftermatch press conference to confirm this. It led to him being fined a record USD$15,000.00 by the All England Club for unsportsmanlike conduct after he admitted feigning injury during the match. He also told the press that he had felt a little bit bored and only played for the money.
If we have seen the last of Tomic, then I for one am not sorry to see him go. There have been many moments to celebrate in Australian Tennis over the years, but Bernard’s career is not one of them. The Wimbledon fine may be the low point of his career but there have also been more cringe worthy moments than memorable victories. With the suggestion that he could be one of the mystery contestants in the next ‘Get Me Out of Here, I am a Celebrity’, his career is definitely a ‘sell’ option at the moment.
Sportzfan Radio has released another ‘A Sporting Chance‘ podcast. In this second episode, the Professor and John O’Callaghan discuss Bernard Tomic’s outburst, tanking, Nick Kyrgios and whether Dawn Fraser and Nick should sit down for afternoon tea and clear the air. Check it out on Soundcloud.
Well the World Cup continues to dominate the world sporting landscape with the quarter finals coming up this weekend. It is interesting to note that former winners in Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France comprise four of the eight places available and the Dutch are three time finalists, so there is a familiarity about the remaining participants. The real interest may come from those outside the usual suspects with Colombia given a real chance of knocking off the hosts, Costa Rica not without a chance against the Netherlands and Belgium were considered a good outsiders chance coming into the tournament. My tips for the quarter finals are Colombia, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina.
Turning to Wimbledon, I have said in the past that I am not a great fan of watching tennis, but I had to watch the abbreviated replay of Nick Kyrgios knocking off Rafael Nadal. I must say it was pretty exciting to see a young Aussie do that on the world stage and it was a bit of a shame that the scheduling meant he had to front up the next day to play again. After taking the first set he tired and fell away, but it would appear we finally have a junior star translating to the adult stage. It reminded me of Mark Philippoussis knocking off Pete Sampras at the Australian Open, but then losing the next round match. Philippoussis went on to produce some pretty good tennis, but probably did not go as far as his talent suggested he should.
I was bemused during the week to hear Eddie Maguire call for compensation for Collingwood due to the poor drawing fixture against Carlton last Sunday night. He has often trumpeted that Collingwood fans would turn up any time any place to see their team play, but in the space of three weeks they have had two poor drawing matches. The other game against the Bulldogs at Etihad stadium three weeks ago failed to get 28,000 spectators and that was an afternoon fixture under cover! Given Collingwood gets a lot of scheduling favours due to their supporter base, I do not think Eddie would have gleaned much sympathy from any of the other clubs.
Have a great weekend!