There is nothing as powerful as hope. Nothing that quite moves the human spirit like faith and self-belief. Hope is the substance of passion – passion, in the true sense of the word.
Tennis, at the elite level, is a gruelling, unforgiving sport. It demands a personal, physical and psychological commitment as exacting, if not more so, than any other sport.
It would be hard to have missed the ferocious and peculiarly personal siege that has erupted against Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President, John Coates. Coates is one of the most respected and capable individuals in the world of sport yet this sudden onslaught seems to have little sense of the import of the international regard with which Coates is held.