In a new column in the Free Press Sports Editor Derek Bish gives his take on national sporting news making the back pages.
THE pinnacle of tennis has always been considered the four Grand Slams – the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Yet, the further we go into 2012, you can’t help but get the feeling that many players consider there to be a fifth major tournament this year.
Olympic tennis has not always been considered with such importance and many gold medals have been handed to players who may not fall into the ‘world class’ bracket – particularly in the men’s singles.
Andy Murray admitted he was thoroughly unprepared for Beijing 2008 while three of the six winners since tennis was reintroduced as an Olympic sport in 1988 do not have a Grand Slam to their name, and a fourth, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, was past his best.
Rafael Nadal – Beijing 2008 – and Andre Agassi – Atlanta 1996 – are the exceptions, with Miloslav Mecir (1988), Marc Rosset (1992) and Nicolas Massu (2004) the unlikely winners.
London 2012 could prove to be something special, with many storylines in the making, but the greatest would come from the man who appears to be more excited than anyone else – Roger Federer.
For a man who has achieved so much, you could forgive him for being a little non-plussed.
But he admitted this week to being ‘super excited’ about the prospect of clinching gold on Wimbledon’s Centre Court and I for one hopes he claims the only major singles title missing from his collection to cement himself as the greatest sportsman of all time.