It’s time to dream of an Aussie win­ner at the ten­nis but the past coun­sels oth­er­wise

Bit­coin is silly, says an ex­pert, but try telling that to a former AFL star who is ‘fly­ing’

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Is he Aus­tralia’s great ten­nis hope? Court­ney Walsh in The Aus­tralian, yes­ter­day: Nick Kyr­gios faces a test­ing fort­night if he is to con­tinue his im­pres­sive start to the sea­son at the Aus­tralian Open be­gin­ning Mon­day. (He) stamped him­self as a le­git­i­mate chance to be­come the first Aus­tralian since Mark Ed­mond­son in 1976 to win the (Open) in Mel­bourne by win­ning the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional and will be well fan­cied (in the first round). Or are we des­tined to be dis­ap­pointed? The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, Oc­to­ber 13, 2016: Nick Kyr­gios has re­fused to ac­knowl­edge any re­spon­si­bil­ity to the pay­ing pub­lic af­ter his ca­pit­u­la­tion against Ger­man qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev, blam­ing men­tal and phys­i­cal fa­tigue for his fail­ure to “show up” for Wed­nes­day’s uned­i­fy­ing Shang­hai Mas­ters de­ba­cle. “That’s your choice. You want to buy a ticket, come and watch me? You know I’m un­pre­dictable. It’s your choice,” a de­fi­ant Kyr­gios said later. “I don’t owe you any­thing.” Sky Sports traced some of Kyr­gios’s im­plo­sions, Au­gust 13, 2015: Dur­ing Aus­tralia’s July Davis Cup quar­ter-fi­nal with Kaza­khstan, Kyr- gios was heard shout­ing: “I don’t want to be here.” The mo­hawked world num­ber 41 went on to smash his rac­quet ... and blamed frus­tra­tion at his own game for the out­burst, say­ing: “I didn’t think I was hav­ing that much fun out there, to be hon­est.” Kyr­gios had the ten­nis world twit­ter­ing dur­ing Wim­ble­don in 2015. Sky Sports con­tin­ues: In his first match at Wim­ble­don Kyr­gios es­caped pun­ish­ment when he ap­peared to call an of­fi­cial “dirty scum” by say­ing he was ad­dress­ing him­self. Mon­ica At­tard, ABC’s The Drum, Au­gust 14, 2015: A year ago Kyr­gios had Aus­tralia root­ing for him. Ev­ery breath­tak­ing shot filled us with hope that fi­nally we had hit the ten­nis jack­pot. It would be more than a pass­ing tragedy if all that tal­ent and all our hope was squan­dered by the in­abil­ity of a prodi­gious tal­ent to ex­er­cise self-con­trol. That we would never for­give. He’ll have to play some as­tound­ing ten­nis and score some bril­liant wins, and his mother and brother will have to stop mak­ing excuses for his nasty sledge at (Stan) Wawrinka for us to re­trieve even a frac­tion of the good­will we had just a year ago. Bit­coin ma­nia? Chief in­vest­ment of­fi­cer for Es­cala Part­ners, Giselle Roux, in The Aus­tralian, yes­ter­day: It’s just a joke ... It’s silly. It’s symp­to­matic that there’s a bit of “fear of miss­ing out” money run­ning around — and it’s not par­tic­u­larly wellinformed money ... So I’m quite happy to miss out (on bit­coin). But former Essendon foot­baller and Gee­long coach Mark “Bomber” Thomp­son isn’t miss­ing out, The Aus­tralian, yes­ter­day: A former foot­ball col­league said the last time he ran into Thomp­son be­fore Christ­mas, he “looked aw­ful” but spoke ex­cit­edly about hav­ing be­come in­volved in trad­ing the dig­i­tal crypto-cur­rency bit­coin. “He was heav­ily in­volved in some trad­ing syn­di­cate and he’d be­come very an­i­mated talking about it,” the former col­league said. Thomp­son had claimed, “We’re ab­so­lutely fly­ing’’ in ref­er­ence to his in­vest­ment. For­tune, on­line, Thurs­day: As bit­coin’s price has soared, so too has the en­ergy con­sump­tion to pro­duce it — to the point that bit­coin mining now guz­zles more elec­tric­ity than all the elec­tric cars in the world. In 2018, bit­coin’s power de­mand is set to more than triple, con­sum­ing as much en­ergy in a year as the en­tire nation of Ar­gentina, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by Mor­gan Stan­ley. The bank’s an­a­lysts fore­cast that bit­coin mining could use up more than 125 ter­awatt hours of elec­tric­ity, a level elec­tric ve­hi­cles glob­ally won’t reach un­til 2025.

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