The Cairns Post

PETER GLEESON

- Peter Gleeson is a Courier-Mail columnist and Queensland editor of Sky News

THIS IS A GUY WHO WAS RAISED IN AUSTRALIA, BECAME A BIG DEAL IN AMERICAN ELITE SPORT, IS NOW MAKING A FORTUNE, AND YET HE’S BUDDIED UP WITH TENNIS BRAT NICK KYRGIOS TO BE KNOWN SIMPLY AS A GOOD OLDFASHION­ED DOUCHEBAG.

Who knows if the precocious talent of Simmons might have been the difference between bronze and gold?

We will never know because he never went.

Too busy working on those “individual’’ skills.

Here was a bloke who turned down an opportunit­y to represent the country that gave him the opportunit­y to blossom.

Says it all, really.

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