Game, Set and Batch of Injuries; Too many matches in a congested schedule for Tennis’ elite

With the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year days away, the world’s top-six ranked players, including Petra Kvitova, have all retired from warm-up events in Australia in the past week .Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska are the latest players to suffer setbacks before the Australian Open, with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza – have also had injuries this week. French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova has joined the Australian Open casualty ward, withdrawing from the event as she continues to battle a bacterial infection.
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Could the January transfer window be worth £100m to the property market?

The character Mr Micawber in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield is a good source of quotes on the subject of happiness. In the novel, Micawber, an eternal optimist, is repeatedly convinced that ‘something will turn up’. His name is often used to refer to someone who lives in a constant expectation of a better life and is the foundation of the “Micawber Principle”:

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds and six. Result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six. Result misery.”
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The British Tennis Debacle continues despite Davis Cup Success

It is a pity that having finally won the Davis Cup and the joy and celebration that should follow we are once again going down the route of attacking the LTA.

Not that they don’t deserve it with the millions they have spent and the millions they have wasted but we know from past experience it has no effect on them and more importantly no affect on the state of the game in our country. Most of the articles, stories, claims and counter-claims recently published could and have been written anytime in the past 25 years.
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Banging Heads Together 3: One rule for one, another for everybody else

Our previous two articles have touched on the dangers that CTE poses and where the liability could lie with clubs and governing bodies. This final instalment will question where liability on a player vs. player basis could come into play.

If we compare two incidents (one from the professional ranks and one from the amateur) with the same facts the outcomes are very different. Gloucester prop Nick Wood, just 73 seconds into the recent game against Saracens, stamped twice onto the face of Jacques Burger. Wood received a red card and a likely ban of 9 weeks from the RFU’s disciplinary panel. Rhys Garfield playing in the amateur Welsh leagues was jailed for 15 months for stamping on an opponent’s head back in 2006.
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Banging Heads Together 2: CTE, the hidden killer

In our previous blog “Banging Heads Together” we discussed the discovery of the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in a former rugby union player with a further 10 potential cases coming to light.

CTE is a degenerative and incurable disease that compromises neural activity and is linked to memory loss, depression and dementia. The presence of CTE in America Footballers was brought into the headlines following the suicides of at least six NFL players since 2011.
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