Readers’ letters On snooker’s way forward and grandmas in the driving seat
O’Sullivan misses the point
As a club player who enjoys playing the game and lives quite close to Ronnie O’Sullivan, I am rather disappointed with his comments that players of quality are not coming through (August 10). After all, it can be no surprise when you see just how many snooker clubs have closed in recent years. Instead of criticising, why not encourage youngsters to take up this tremendous sport?
I stand to be corrected, but a professional recently told me that snooker in China is on the national school curriculum. Maybe by being the best player ever to play the game in mine and many others’ opinions, Ronnie can be productive and open up an academy here in Essex? Gordon Moser, Barkingside, Essex
Coughs and sneezes . . .
I have been watching the snooker on TV and it has been a thoroughly pleasurable experience. Why? The piped “audience” does not have members who seem to have uncontrollable coughs. Also, no shouts of “Come on ... ” whoever it is playing. However, the coughing makes snooker almost impossible to watch, so nice not to have it spoil this year’s event.
Don’t suppose it will last though. Penny Colman, Melksham, Wilts
No excuses for Serena
Molly McElwee’s article (August 12) comparing the reactions to the behaviour of Christian Ronaldo and Serena Williams seems to miss the vital point. Ronaldo’s childish reaction had no impact on his opponents, whereas Williams’s meltdown came at a crucial stage in a grand slam final and could have unsettled a gracious opponent on the brink of her first title. In the event, it ruined Naomi Osaka’s moment in the sun to the point that she felt she had to apologise for winning in the face of the usual biased New York crowd. Brian Hilson, Bromsgrove, Worcs
Azhar playing with a smile
I must compliment Scyld Berry on his insightful piece on Pakistan captain Azhar Ali (August 13).
Those giving Azhar a hard time on social media need to remember two things. First, he is captaining Pakistan at just about the toughest period in their history. Second, under his leadership, the team play the game with a smile.
I hope that sustains even if Azhar does find a harder edge and that Pakistan don’t develop the snarling confrontationalism of another team in green caps that I could mention. Roger Chappell, Allesley, Coventry
Grandmas boiling over
I am sure there are a lot of grandmas, like me, who took offence at Max Verstappen’s remarks to drive like grandma (August 10). We DO overtake and DO drive on motorways. I just wish I had a racetrack where I could practise my driving skills. Kathy Benn, Helsby, Cheshire
BBC should be dismissed
On Monday, Nick Hoult reported on the BBC Test highlights at 7pm, where up to 1.5 million viewed the exciting last day of the first Test between England and Pakistan.
For the second Test, the BBC in its wisdom has reverted to an 11.00-11.30pm schedule! It beggars belief, but just shows that the BBC should not be allowed to cover cricket; Channel 5 has done a great highlights job in the past! Richard Sykes, Albert Bridge Road, London
Rugby, just get on with it
I recently watched replays of England’s 2003 World Cup matches and was struck by the speed and play time.
The scrums were simple – line up, engage and ball straight down the channel and hooked back. No three stage set-up, feed to the second row, endless resets. The line-outs were straight in to line and thrown in. If the modern-day delays were eliminated and substitutions allowed only for injury the game would revert to a sport for all, not just 20st leviathans. John Taylor, Hammerwich, Burntwood, Staffs
When Silverstone parking was a joy
The article about standout moments from 70 years at Silverstone (August 8) brought back many happy memories. In the 1950s, I went with my father and friends to Silverstone. We used to park in a farmer’s field and walk across to the circuit, taking picnics and chairs to a spot on the bank at Becketts’ Corner. I even still have a photograph I took of Stirling Moss in his Kieft 500cc with his favourite No 7 at Becketts at the May 1953 international event. Dad had a Jowett Javelin and I am sure he drove faster on the way home! Ian Robinson, Upnor, Rochester, Kent
Give us a break: Ronnie O’Sullivan was critical over the shortage of quality players emerging