The good, the bad, and the Aus Open ugly
THE FIRST Major tennis tournament of the year is well underway with some good, some bad and some ugly performances.
The good performances so far have come from our golden girl in Ash Barty who is still alive, Kimberley Birrell who has announced herself as a player on the up, while in the men's side we can be proud of Alex De Minaur who once again will fly the Aussie flag deep into the tournament. The bad performance of the week so far was once again Samantha Stosur, who was bundled out in the first round.
This now brings me to the ugly performance of the Week.
This performance was bad on and off the court and you don't have to be Einstein to realise that I am talking about Bernard Tomic.
He was bundled out in round one in straight sets and rather than accept he was outplayed, he gained all the headlines by bagging one of our greats in Lleyton Hewitt.
No one doubts that Tomic is a talented player, but to take aim at Hewitt with such comments will not win him many fans within the Australian public; a public that loves our players to show some grit and fight and go down swinging. Tomic unfortunately shows none of these qualities and until he is mentally stronger you will not see him winning too many games.
Simmonds boosts 76ers reach in Australia
Merchandise sales in Australia have been boosted with the excellent form of the Aussies in the NBA.
The list of the top 10 jerseys sold in Australia was released recently and it Is no surprise to see Lebron James top this list. Dwayne Wade from the Heat came in second while Aussie superstar Ben Simmons took the third position.
Surprisingly, Timberwolves' Derrick Rose was fourth while the "Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out the top five. Jayson Tatum from the Celtics was sixth, Kyrie Irving (Celtics) came in seventh while the 76ers' Jimmy Butler took eighth position.
Warriors superstar Steph Curry was ninth and another Aussie, Joe Ingles, took the tenth position.
The top three team merchandise was again topped by the LA Lakers, while Simmons' presence with the 76ers have brought them into second position.
The Boston Celtics are the third-most popular team by merchandise sales.
Hero of the week 1
He may have had a poor Test series against India and gets a lot of heat from the Aussie public, but Shaun Marsh showed that he is more adept to the one-day Game with a brilliant 131 from 123 balls in the second ODI against India.
Hero of the week 2
He might only be new to the Big Bash, but Heat opener Max Bryant looks like he will be a permanent fixture for the Heat for years to come.
If he can control his temperament we may see him get a Shield run with the Bulls before the season is out.
Villain of the week 1
While Shaun Marsh is flying, you cannot say that about Aaron Finch who is miserably out of form. If he was not captain of the team, he would be facing the axe. He must get some runs shortly or that is exactly what might happen before the World Cup.
Villain of the week 2
If you thought the Brisbane Roar's season couldn't get any worse after the exit of coach John Aloisi, then the 5-nil drubbing during the week at home to the Melbourne Victory showed that they are at an all-time low.
If they continue this form then the wooden spoon is a huge chance.
Did you know
The shortest Major tennis match at Wimbledon on record was the 1881 Wimbledon final where William Renshaw defeated John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in 36 minutes.
I ended 2018 on a huge note with four straight wins which I am sure will continue this weekend. Two big finals will take place Saturday night at Wentworth Park with the favourites to salute in both races. Poco Dorado will win the Summer Distance while the brilliant Poke The Bear will win the Paws of Thunder.