If the Laver Cup was played next week rather than next September, a strong European team potentially featuring Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray would be favoured to beat a rest-of-the world outfit. Would anyone care?
Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.
When the mother of self-confessed neat freak Madi Robinson dropped in for a recent visit, Chris Browne was surprised to see an untidy riot of gold and green. A new Australian Diamonds uniform had just been tried on and paraded, ecstatically, two years after the last had been worn.
Two narratives tend to recur with depressing regularity in Australian men's tennis: Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic's behavioural issues, and Thanasi Kokkinakis' injury woes.
Ash Barty will escape the chill of Melbourne's winter and a demanding training block on Monday, bound for Florida, and the wildcard play-off that will determine whether her grand slam singles career resumes at the US Open after a two-year pause.
Netball's key stakeholders will return to the negotiating table on Thursday, but the delay in finalising the terms of the collective bargaining agreement is unlikely to allow players to be contracted for next year's relaunched domestic league for at least another week.
Nick Kyrgios' next Australian appearance is expected to be on a purpose-built grass court in Sydney, with Ken Rosewall Arena announced as the venue for the Davis Cup world group play-off against Slovakia in September.
Madi Robinson has added another personal accolade to her list of comeback achievements.
Melbourne Vixens captain Madi Robinson will return to the Diamonds team for the first time since her 2015 knee reconstruction as part of a Quad Series line-up missing rested captain Laura Geitz.
The recruiting window for netball's new national league will not be opening on Monday as scheduled, as negotiations continue over a new collective bargaining agreement that officials hope will be finalised within two weeks.