Wimbledon kicked off with a bang this week as former champion and one of the favourites, Rafael Nadal, was sensationally knocked out by 135th-ranked Belgian Steve Darcis.
It was clear that Nadal (pictured below) wasn’t fully fit and was nowhere near his best for the match, and he as humble enough afterwards to admit that.
He showed a lot of grace after his shock defeat as well, staying on court to sign autographs for fans before facing the media.
His defeat no doubt strengthens Andy Murray’s chances. Murray started with a very comfortable win.
It was great to see Darren Lehmann named as the new coach of Australia’s cricket side after they sacked Mickey Arthur just weeks ahead of the Ashes.
I’ve met Darren on a number of occasions and he doesn’t mince his words.
He famously said he thought the ice bath was for keeping the beers cool, and I think he will get the players going.
It’s interesting timing ahead of the Ashes, but time will tell how he gets on.
While we’re on with cricket, I’m pleased to see the selectors have dropped Nick Compton and seem to be ready to promote Yorkshire’s young batsman Joe Root to the top of the order.
I think that is the right decision and will allow Jonny Bairstow to keep his place in the side in the middle of the order, probably at number six.
I really enjoyed the first Lions Test against Australia on Saturday morning.
What a way to start the series. The game had everything. Great tries, injuries, drama and more.
It was great to see the Lions win the game after such a tough battle.
The moment of the game for me came through George North’s try. It was a moment of brilliance from the Welshman.
I expect the Lions to go for the 3-0 whitewash win now, especially with the Aussies picking up some injuries in the first game.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
The top team effort has to be the British & Irish Lions for me this week.
The team really came together and grafted for each other to come away with the win.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“I don’t know what Mourinho does. I know what I do: I always want to win, without crossing the line of sportsmanship.
“It’s true that I get on better with some coaches than others and I align myself with those that don’t value winning at any cost.”