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Fear and loathing at the Australian Open

By David Herman  

The best TV sports at the moment are not on BBC1 or ITV. You have to press the BBC’s red (or sometimes blue) button to watch the Africa Cup and the Australian Open. Both have offered a tantalising glimpse into the future.

First, Melbourne. Whatever happened to Australian tennis? No Australian has won the Australian Open since 1976. To younger readers, or even middle-aged readers, this may seem no deal. But remember that the Australians dominated their Open for decades. They owned it. In the 31 years after the war, 1946-76, Australians won their Open 27 times. Roy Emerson won…

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