What does it say about the state of sport that a display of sportsmanship from a sportsman provokes banner headlines around the world? I am referring – in case you’ve been living in a cave – to Nick Kyrgios’s advice to his opponent, Tomas Berdych, to challenge an “Out!” call made against him. The word “amazing” was used in many of the headlines.
Wasn’t there once a time when it would have been amazing if a sportsman, professional or amateur, had not taken issue with an umpire’s decision that he considered wrong, irrespective of whether that decision favoured his opponent or himself? Or am I remembering a golden age that only ever existed in fairy tales?