Tennis and golf giving Australia a bad name
Marcus Fraser almost won and Mark Leishman shot 62 to win a PGA event, while the others couldn’t raise a wimper.
Every Aussie was out of Wimbledon by the end of the second round.
It is quite simply a joke.
In a country where spare time and overweight people abound – one of the worst rates of slothfulness in the world – the greatest country on earth is standing still.
It is not good enough. Why aren’t our kids undergoing physical exercise of some sort at school for at least one hour every day in the country with the world’s best climate?
Australia thrives on team sports and the focus seems to be on that area. It is time that the individuals who manage and coach individuals in the solo sports start to crack the whip.
The battle is being lost on a count of lazy habits.
Fraser is 10-15 kilos overweight. Leishman is almost as bad. They idolise Tiger and copy Fat Albert.
That is the story with many Australian golfers. Other than Jarrod Lyle, there is no excuse. I can’t begin to imagine what he is going through to play golf again, but you know it is not pretty.
Anyone can play four rounds of golf in four days, but if you are not as fit as Tiger or Kaymer or Padraig Harrington forget it, you’ll always be an also ran.
Aussie golfers get it too easy. It is a circuit, so the travel and the practise and the hotels and the second round eliminations are givens. So don’t turn up and sit on your backside.
Get out there and run until your legs can prance and not labour through four rounds. Get in the gym and get toned. Behave like a winner. Look after your body and your career will take care of itself.
And apply yourself mentally to the grind because it is one of the world’s most expansive sports after fishing and you have the honour of playing a sport that literally millions can play easily.
So respect that you are in a privileged position.
As for the tennis players, I’m not going to out Sam any more. She at least is 100% fit.
But Ebden and Matasovic and Tomic were pathetic at times.
I mean there was as much fight in their games as a wet paper bag. They are not physically tough, mentally tough and they look like they are looking for handouts from Tennis Australia or some great coach to come and turn them into world beaters.
It is time that the packaged nature of these individuals is revealed for what it is – an excuse to fail.
If they can’t get Australian youth being mentally and physically fit and tuned into their golf and tennis, the heads of the Australian PGA and Tennis Australia want their head red.