TENNIS, of course, is only about the championships at Wimbledon.
Yes, the results of ATP tournaments from Wyoming or Wagga Wagga get into the small print but basically the natives of this island only care about the sport for two weeks of the year.
Golf on the other hand grabs headlines every week – largely because we have dozens of players winning tournaments around the globe.
There is, however, a strange disparity between the sexes on this score.
While Ross Fisher rightly stepped into the spotlight for his phenomenal victory in the European Open, less than 100 miles away Rebecca Hudson was shooting one of the finest rounds of her life and not even making teletext. Rebecca’s back-to-back victories in Tenerife and in the English Ladies Open at the Oxfordshire have catapulted her earnings in the past fortnight over the 100,000 euro mark – but you’d have to search long and hard to find a mention in the national press.
The Doncaster player’s impeccable last-day 64 – not a dropped shot in sight – was poetry in motion in wretched conditions, just as Fisher’s closing 68 was sublime on a wild Kentish course.
Lewis Hamilton’s triumph at soggy Silverstone was, of course, worthy of acclaim, but a little objectivity wouldn’t go amiss when two other battling Brits also made a podium by beating the rest of the world.