If you haven't noticed by now, it's Wimbledon time. And that means the yearly articles on why British tennis players aren't succeeding.
The one that really annoyed me is this one, Why O'Brien is not fit to fly the flag
, from Alan Fraser, being rather nasty about British no 1 lady Kate O'Brien.
She was praised for her hard work and versatility when, of course, she should have been condemned for allowing education to get in the way of sport. Where exactly do maths and French fit into the requirements of a leading sports person when accountants can be employed to add up the millions and the common language is English?
You would never have found the likes of the adolescent Steve Redgrave, Wayne Rooney or Ricky Hatton, to name but a few, anywhere near a pen and paper and invigilator.
That's the trouble with our young women tennis players. They are too brainy. Too interested in improving themselves when all they should be concerned with is improving their serve, backhand or conditioning.
Now I don't see the harm of having a few qualifications behind you, even if you are a talented tennis player. What if your tennis career doesn't work out? What's wrong with being brainy? And why rely on others to speak English? I'm sure Miss O'Brien's victor this week, Michaella Krajicek, knows the English language rather well; does this not make her too brainy?
If O'Brien is the best we have, then it really is time to fear for the future of British women's tennis.
If Alan Fraser is the best sports reporter we have, it really is time to fear for the future of British sports reporting! And I'm sure Fraser's not even the 150th best sports reporter in the world, whereas Kate's the 150th best tennis player. Maybe you should do your job properly before critiscising others?