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  • Zverev overcomes Djokovic to triumph at the ATP Finals

    Alexander Zverev’s win in last Sunday’s Nitto sponsored ATP World Tour Finals could herald a changing of the guard at the top of Men’s Tennis. The hegemony cast by Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and to a lesser extent Murray and Wawrinka has extended for a decade or more now whilst the younger pretenders have floundered along the way. Whilst this has clearly been a golden age in tennis, it was a fine sight to see the tall, yet elegant Zverev overcome Federer in the Semi-Final and then Djokovic in a high-quality match for the title. It wasn’t a straightforward task, he was beaten by Djokovic in the round robin and then had to overcome the controversy a point replay when the ball boy dropped a ball mid-point against Federer resulting in a highly partisan crowd resoundingly booing him. Djokovic has regained his position at World No 1 in an astounding return to form in the 2nd half of the season and did his best to win this, the final tournament of the season.

    At 21 years of age, one would like to think that Zverev could have a long and prodigious career ahead of him and we wait to see what he will be able to accomplish at the Australian Open in January.

  • Frankie’s on fire again

    Having just won a 2nd consecutive Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp, his 6th overall, Frankie Dettori has finally claimed Newmarket’s Dewhurst Stakes by winning at Future Champions Day on board Too Darn Hot, who is now installed as favourite for the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby. Even by his standards, Dettori is having quite a month, and, with age seemingly no barrier, who would bet against him adding more Group One success on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot, at which Brazilian Silvestre de Sousa will be presented with his third champion jockey title after another gruelling season, before heading off down under for “the race that stops a nation”, the Melbourne Cup. The flat jockeys, meanwhile, will be looking forward to a brief respite whilst they hand the reins to their National Hunt counterparts as the jump season starts to gather momentum, with big meetings at Cheltenham, Ascot, Aintree and Newbury just around the corner.

  • Sporting Agenda launch Wimbledon Debenture Tickets

    We are pleased to announce our new website dedicated to the sale of Wimbledon Debenture tickets. At www.wimbledon-debenture-tickets.co.uk you will find everything you need to plan your perfect trip to Wimbledon, we are a team that strives to meet all your objectives and provide you with a unique experience at The Championships.

     

  • Ryder Cup fever

    Well, after two years, and increasingly febrile hype, the 2018 Ryder Cup is finally upon us, and with it, Europe’s opportunity to avenge their drubbing at the hands of Davis Love III’s USA team at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016. Europe will be hoping to take advantage of the considerable home advantage by winning at Le Golf National, near Paris, only the second time the contest has been held in continental Europe. As ever it promises to be a highly charged affair, and with most of the biggest names in golf having been selected for one side or the other, all the ingredients are there for three days of pure excitement. Whilst Europe can boast the new world number one in Justin Rose, the man he replaced, USA’s Dustin Johnson will be out to prove a point, and the likes of 2018 Open winner Francesco Molinari, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, not to mention Tiger Woods, who has rediscovered his winning ways, ensure that this is a stellar cast, and not one to be missed.

  • Sporting Agenda sponsored rider placed third in Intermediaire 1 Finals
    Sporting Agenda sponsored rider placed third in Intermediaire 1 Finals

    Yesterday Anne Marie and her horse Mumble went on a long journey to Devon to compete in the PetPlan Intermediaire 1 Finals. The duo were thrilled to score 68.46% and place third, at only their third attempt at a class at this level. Top two in the class qualifies directly for the National Dressage Championships at Hartpury College in April 2019 so Anne Marie and Mumble narrowly missed out on 1.5 points - luckily a handful of wildcards are allocated in January 2019 so with their high score it is possible to still get to the National Championships - we are all crossing our fingers and hoping for the best!

    If you would like to see more updates from Bork Eppers Dressage and follow their journey, then head to https://www.facebook.com/borkeppersdressage/ 

  • Davis Cup delight in Glasgow for Team GB

    After 118 years of Davis Cup tennis, this much loved global competition is shortly to be totally overhauled under plans drawn up by Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué. This left Great Britain with one more tie to negotiate to ensure that they are at the very least seeded when the new format is introduced in February. Their opponents at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the scene of many recent triumphs, were unfancied Uzbekistan. However, in the absence of the talismanic Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund, this tie was always going to be trickier than expected, and so it proved. Dan Evans, only recently back from his year-long drugs ban, was heroic in overcoming Denis Istomin, whilst Cameron Norrie managed to spectacularly choke when on the verge of a comfortable win against the lowly Karimov, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. However, the unflappably reliable Jamie Murray and his partner Dom Inglot won their doubles rubber before Norrie, inspired by a message from England rugby great, Jonny Wilkinson, recovered his form to comfortably win the tie for Great Britain 3-1.

    Whilst the Davis Cup changes have not proved universally popular, and its new structure might deprive us of many of the Union Jack-clad, tennis ball-earringed uber-fans who would look equally at home in the Royal Albert Hall and have fanatically but loyally urged Great Britain to the pinnacle of the sport, Team GB can anticipate the revamped format with renewed hope. With Murray and Edmund set to return, there is the exciting prospect of young Jack Draper, who, having reached the boys final at Wimbledon this year, has just won his first two senior titles in consecutive weeks and is now officially by far the best sixteen year old in the world of men’s tennis. There’s much to look forward to.

  • Cook and Anderson deliver at The Oval

    After the glorious weather we have been treated to this summer, what more could we have expected than a belter of a test series against India, and it certainly didn’t disappoint, producing one of the best in living memory. This all culminated in a brilliant and celebratory final test at The Oval, with England winning with an hour to go to take the series 4-1. But the match will long be remembered as the emotional swansong of former captain Alastair Cook and for the record-breaking exploits of his great friend Jimmy Anderson, both surely future knights of the realm and both of whom just about managed to remain dry-eyed in the post-match interviews. Cook, who began his test career in 2006 against India with a fifty and a hundred, repeated that feat at The Oval having announced it would be his 161st and final match for England, retiring as one of the leading run scorers and the most prolific left handed batsman in the history of test cricket. Anderson, meanwhile, took the final wicket of the match to become the most successful fast bowler in test history, eclipsing the great Glenn McGrath, having been McGrath’s final wicket himself. Whilst it wasn’t to be the hoped for “caught Cook, bowled Anderson”, there could be no more satisfying feeling than knocking the batsman’s middle stump out of the ground. Whilst England will undoubtedly miss Cook, the thought of Anderson blowing away Australia next summer to win back the Ashes is mouth-watering. Despite the obvious excitement and crash bang wallop of T20 cricket, there’s still nothing quite like test cricket at its best.