Sport­ing quandary

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

What a quandary it puts us in when a bril­liant and suc­cess­ful player also demon­strates an un­pleas­ant per­son­al­ity (“Dou­bling down on the blame game”, 15/9”). We yearn for out­stand­ing sports­men and women to also rep­re­sent our own stan­dards. When there is, as in the case of Ser­ena Wil­liams, a dis­con­nect, we are at a loss. We can ac­knowl­edge their achieve­ments but not ad­mire them as we would like to. Noth­ing be­comes any great achiever so much as hu­mil­ity and mod­esty. Wil­liams will be ac­corded her place in our mem­ory, but it will not be the cher­ished niche oc­cu­pied by some­one like Roger Fed­erer. Rodger C

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