Time 107.5 FM’s Steve Allen column: Want to play tennis? Knock yourself out

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 July 2017


Like a lot of people, I enjoy watching tennis. And like most of those people, I only really say that during Wimbledon.

For two weeks I get into it and I love the drama, the tears, the tantrums. It’s like working on the afternoon show on Time 107.5.

Medvedev threw coins at an umpire’s chair when he was unhappy about a decision. I think you’re meant to bribe them before the game.

I saw Rafael Nadal jump up and headbutt a door frame and then I laughed so hard I ended up in more pain than he was in.

He jumps up and down before a game and didn’t spot the door. We shouldn’t laugh, and as a tall man I’ve smacked my head into many things, but there’s just something funny about it.

Tennis players are famous for the grunting, and with the sound Nadal made, he should have been in with a good chance.

I think he should have to wear a head guard now.

No one ever really mentions it but there’s a link between how often a sportsman gets hit on the head during their sport and how they talk in the post-match interview. You’ll see a footballer who likes heading the ball say, “At the end of the day, it’s a game of two halfs and a win’s a win, and that’s what I take away from it.”

If Nadal headbutts a door and goes on to win he might think it’s lucky and he’ll do it before every game.

Before I do a stand-up gig people will say break a leg. You only really say that to actors and maybe cage fighters.

We’ll have to say something as nasty to Nadal. “What’s that Nadal, you want to play some tennis? Yeah, knock yourself out!”

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