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Roger Federer -The Blind Spot


If you have any children and have watched them play sport, then you may be familiar with the miraculous phenomenon I am about to detail. Referred to in neuroscience circles as Scotoma, this peculiar trick of nature is more commonly known as the blind spot. There are many ways to demonstrate this effect with diagrams or illustrations, but for me all I need to do is switch on the television when Roger Federer plays tennis in a Grand Slam event. An even quicker method is to watch him square up to his great rival Rafael Nadal.

The Swiss native is a sportsperson of whom words do no justice, a member of a select group who can do things few others are capable of even conceiving in their chosen field. Arguably, at his peak, the combination of style and substance he regularly delivered on the highest stage represented the purest example of beauty in sport.  But events in Melbourne, Australia this past week have once again caused me great distress and seem to have affected my vision in a sadly all too familiar way. Continue reading

French Open 2013: Nadal Fights Back On His Return


The second Grand Slam of the year, Roland Garros, kicked off on Sunday with the world’s top players all fantasizing about lifting the coveted Coupe de Mousquetaires and Coupe de Suzanne Lenglen trophies respectively. Roland Garros has served up its share of shockers year after year and this year promises to be no different. From the first round alone, it is safe to say that it will be an interesting two weeks.

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King Retires From Tennis

IRISH tennis has been shocked by the retirement of key Davis Cup player Barry King at the relatively young age of 26.
The talented Dubliner, a former junior champion of Ireland, has made the tough call to step away from professional tennis due to niggling injuries which have hampered his ability to climb up the world ranking table.
King’s decision comes at a time of great gains on the international stage for senior Irish men’s tennis players.
The country’s top two ranked players Conor Niland and Louk Sorensen have equipped themselves reasonably well at major Grand Slams events over the past two tennis seasons.
Sorensen became the first Irish players to ever win at a Grand Slam tournament with a first-round victory in Australia in 2010.
Meanwhile Niland was the first Irish player in over three decades to qualify for Wimbledon this year and followed that up by also qualifying for the US Open.
Whilst Barry King struggled to make his presence known at that level, he has been a central player in the country’s recent Davis Cup exploits.
He was Ireland’s Davis Cup hero in July year when he defeated Anis Ghorbel to win the Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group II play-off against Tunisia on a 3-2 scoreline.
Irish Davis Cup captain Garry Cahill has expressed his disappointment at the news of King’s retirement.
He said: “Barry’s retirement is a huge blow for Irish tennis. Barry has had a really impressive career to date and he is a proven match winner in international competition.
“We acknowledge his enormous talent, and while his retirement is a setback, we understand very well his decision.”
The 26-year-old achieved a career-high ranking of 600 in November 2009 and has been a member of the Irish Davis Cup for over a year.
King, whose brother Graham is also a former Irish junior champion, only turned professional in 2008, having previously worked in the financial sector in Dublin.
King said: “Having spent nearly three years on the professional circuit and achieved many of goals, I am now eager to resume my business career,” King said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the professional tour, particularly the time I spent as part of the Irish Davis Cup squad.”