One of the cadre of astonishing young tennis players at my club is his best mate. I ran into him outside the Wimbledon qualifiers and asked him how he was as I hadn’t seen him around the club for a while. He was very excited because Joe was playing in the final round of qualifying of men’s doubles and he was off to support him. That was about three years ago.Not exactly women's tennis but has anyone else noted the achievements of Londoner Joe Salisbury? Won both men's and mixed doubles at the US Open to add to his mixed win at the French Open this year. So that's a Brit winning three grand slams in a year and barely a footnote in UK media as far as I've noticed.
I know that it's romantic to posit that Emma Raducanu 'came out of nowhere', but she has been playing tennis since she was five years old and spotted by the LTA aged 9 and put into their special program for youngsters of excellence. So that's nearly a decade of hard graft put in before turning up for the Wimbledon qualifiers this year. The idea that that kind of prowess appears out of nowhere just doesn't fly.
His world ranking was 55 in the year before the Olympics. So several hacks better than recreational, and would stand a fair chance of qualifying in the US Open, but probably not getting much further.Eddie is a lovely bloke, not a bad recreational skier. But in tennis terms he would not have made it past the first qualifying round.
Worldwide. My source is his Wikipedia article, so it must be true Sadly no source is quoted for the statistic. It also said he switched to jumping because he was not good enough at downhill to progress far, which maybe ties in with what you say?Was that his ranking at the olympics or worldwide?
Raducanu was/is superb. But no more so IMHO than Rachael Blackmore. Six Cheltenham Festival winners, including the Champion Hurdle, gave her the Festival jockeys' championship in March. She followed this astonishing achievement a month later by winning the Grand National.
Lest anyone might think that she had the best horses to ride in those races, no-one who knows racing would think that. Her talent in reading a race tactically, and in creating an empathetic partnership with each of so many different horses, marks her out as a uniquely talented jockey in today's jump racing. She suffered some nasty injuries in a fall in July, but expects to be back riding well before the end of the year.
She is tough of course (taking two horrid falls in other races at the same Cheltenham Festival), but also graceful, unassuming, approachable and friendly. Just as much a star of her sport as Emma Raducanu is of tennis.