The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

JAMES: Bet­ter than Brad­man (Jes­sica Hal­lo­ran: “The great­est of them all”, 1/8)? His record aver­age runs have never been at risk of be­ing equalled even with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and training. It’s a silly game to play, call­ing any­one the GOAT. You can’t com­pare be­cause they all faced dif­fer­ent op­po­nents un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances. JOHN: What does Heather McKay have to do to be ranked the great­est sportsper­son ever? Heather was un­beaten — she did not lose a match for 19 years. She came out of re­tire­ment in 1979 at the age of 38, and again won the world ti­tle. A pro­fes­sional squash player I have known for years said Heather could ef­fec­tively com­pete in the state men’s squash com­pe­ti­tion. There is no fe­male equiv­a­lent in ten­nis. MEG: I think Ser­ena Wil­liams lost a lot of sup­port­ers with her rant at a re­cent ten­nis match. If you want re­spect, show re­spect. She didn’t. SU­SAN: An­gela Mol­lard, this sort of be­hav­iour isn’t con­fined to women, by the way (“Stress is no ex­cuse for En­ti­tled Mid­dle-Class Woman Syn­drome”, 1/9). It does ex­plain the be­hav­iour of the cur­rent crop of children, though. JACINTA: Man­ners have gone down­hill with the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, not just women.

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