I don’t follow or care about tennis very much anymore, ever since His Fedness more or less stopped playing last year – and it is not clear that Federer will ever come back. (He is nearly 41 with a dodgy knee – I am not much younger than he is, I have a dodgy knee, I am nowhere near his athletic and genetic abilities, and I know damned well that I can’t do some things that I used to be able to, just because of my long list of injuries.) But there was some very interesting news over the weekend with respect to the world’s most famous and prestigious tennis event, Wimbledon.
Now, you might recall that, back when the Russians invaded 404 and kicked off their Special Military Operation, the All-England Lawn Tennis Club straight-up BizANNED Russian and Belorussian tennis players from competing at British tournaments this year. This includes Wimbledon, the single biggest and most important of all of the four Grand Slams, and the only one to be played on grass courts.
Wimbledon, to be clear, is very special. It takes true greatness and skill to win on grass courts, which have fundamentally different bounce and spin characteristics from hard or clay courts. There are only a few grass court events in the tennis calendar, because the courts are much harder and more expensive to maintain than either of the other kinds. And the players who tend to win on grass courts, also tend to be very, very good on other surfaces.
So, winning at Wimbledon is an extremely prestigious capstone on a player’s career. Winning it multiple times is an incredible achievement, and only a very small number of players, relatively speaking, have ever managed that feat.
The AELTC’s ban was pure virtue signalling, nothing more. The Association of Tennis Players (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) responded, entirely correctly, by stripping all AELTC tournaments in 2022 from their ranking points, essentially turning them into exhibition matches with no real consequences beyond bragging rights.
Fast forward to last Saturday, when a Russian-born, Russian-raised, Russian-speaking, tall, beautiful, talented, very well-mannered young woman named Elena Rybakina (Елена Рыбакина), aged barely 23, won the women’s tournament:
Don’t be fooled for one moment by the fact that she plays for Kazakhstan. She is RUSSIAN, and both the Russians AND the Kazakhs will tell you as much. The reason why she plays for Kazakhstan is very simple – they offered her a buttload of money, which the Russian Tennis Federation couldn’t match. The Russians aren’t sore about it – they are happy that one of their own won.
So, basically, a Russian won at a tournament that hates Russians.
You couldn’t write a better plot line even if you tried.
But it didn’t stop there.
In a country that went completely crazy for not-vaxxes during the span of the Scamdemic, and which spent a month hyperventilating about how horrid Novak Djokovic was for refusing to get not-vaxxed and making a mockery of Australia’s laws back in January, that same man went on to smash an Australian superbrat in the Men’s final and lift his 21st Grand Slam trophy:
I am not a fan of Djokovic’s playing style, at all. I very much prefer Federer’s smooth, whisper-quiet, exceptionally fluid all-court movement-based style that emphasises technique and talent, over Djokovic’s grinding approach to the game. But I will be the first to admit that Djokovic simply has no equal at present – even His Fedness cannot match him right now, due to age and injuries and “court rust”.
The key takeaway here, though, is that a thoroughly based Serb – i.e. a Slav and a brother of the Russian people – and an actual Russian won the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, in the face of all human attempts to stop them from doing precisely that:
Can anyone have any doubt that God has a very real, very sharp, sense of humour?