Line(s) of the Day #ArthurAshe

Arthur Ashe

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

Three time Grand Slam champion and four time Davis Cup winner Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993). As well as his impressive achievements on the court, he was a true inspiration off it. Ashe played a crucial role in forming the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), vigorously campaigned against racism even during his career and set up the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

Line(s) of the Day #AndyRoddick

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People say, “You retired too young.” And I counter that by saying “I got a head start on the rest of my life.”

Andy Roddick, who along with four-time slam winner Kim Clijsters and four-time Paralympic tennis wheelchair medallist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, will be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. During his highly-consistent career Roddick was an ATP World Number One, won the Davis Cup, was in the top 5 for 187 weeks and memorably won the US Open. Since his retirement the 34-year old Texan native has concentrated on his family, broadcasting career, commercial real estate companies and the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Line(s) of the Day #AndyMurray

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I never thought I’d be number one in the world. It’s been many years of work to get here.

Two-time Olympic champion, two-time Wimbledon champion, US Open and Davis Cup winner Andy Murray. Murray is the first British tennis player to be ranked top since the ATP rankings came into play in 1973, and achieved it seven years after first being ranked second.

Photography: Short Stories and Sports Books

I’ve always had a big interest in books. And amid my interest in the classic and the contemporary novels, I’ve had a big passion for short stories and sports books. I’ve quoted a few of them on my Literature and Sports pages but wanted to share them as pictorial form. You’ll find these two photos and plenty of others on my Instagram page of Raphaelalexx.

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Gr8at: Sporting Rio Olympics Shots

After my previous post on stylish photographic excellence, I wanted to do a post that concentrated on the elation, despair, aura of invincibility and supreme concentration that was on display at Rio. Do you have a favourite moment of joy? A moment that made you cry out in despair? Feel free to let me know if you have a favourite image or of any athlete that captured your imagination.

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Gr8at: Stylish Rio Olympic Shots

The Rio Olympics may be over, but it provided some fantastic images among the drama. So much so that I couldn’t let it pass without showing you some of the incredible images that were captured. I’ll be putting up a post soon on dramatic sporting moments, but I wanted to do one first on the more stylish photographs taken. How much of the Olympics did you see? What was your favourite sport to watch?

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Line(s) of the Day #JuanMartindelpotro

Juan Martin del Potro

I don’t know him. For two years I was at home, watching `The Simpsons.’

Argentinian tennis star Juan Martin del Potro when asked if he knew anything about his next opponent John-Patrick Smith. The 2009 winner of the US Open has had rotten luck with injuries, and played only 14 matches in two years.

Gr8at: Goodbye and thank-you Muhammad Ali

It’s with great sadness that I heard of the death of the legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali. Despite his phenomenal success in the ring, he was always far more than just one of the all-time great boxers. This was probably reflected when Sports Illustrated crowned “Sportsman of the Century”, while the BBC named him as “Sports Personality of the Century”. Ali was also a true civil rights campaigner who was an unfailing and iconic inspiration to many. Below are eight (well ok nine) quotes that sum up just why to many he will always be “The Greatest”.

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Line(s) of the Day #TommyLasorda

Tommy Lasorda

In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.

Hall of Fame baseball player and manager Tommy Lasorda (1927 -), who has been involved with the Brookyn/LA Dodgers for sixth decades.