Thursday 23 November 2017

Doping: a keen eye for the completely obvious

'Over time, some of us have reluctantly abandoned that somewhat romantic approach, and are now regarding tennis, rugby , any sport which demands a lot of speed, or stamina, the way that libel lawyers regard a newspaper - everything is assumed to be a lie, until proven otherwise'
'Over time, some of us have reluctantly abandoned that somewhat romantic approach, and are now regarding tennis, rugby , any sport which demands a lot of speed, or stamina, the way that libel lawyers regard a newspaper - everything is assumed to be a lie, until proven otherwise'
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

She can talk with the precision of a diplomat, and walk with the poise of an acrobat, but it was the grunting of Maria Sharapova that told us who she was.

"Grunting" would be the softest description of the astonishing noises that came out of her during a match, this shrieking that, on one occasion, was estimated to be "only slightly quieter than a chainsaw".

But the shrieking was not just a measure of her commitment to her own performance, or her desire to leave nothing out there, as they say. It was also an indicator of her attitude towards her opponent, displaying, as it did, an utter lack of what old-fashioned people used to call "sportsmanship".

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