Euro 2016 and Wimbledon

Spain went out first followed by our overpaid brilliant premier league footballers. At least Spain lost to Italy. The BBC sports reporter summed it up in black and white when he described the differences between the English and Icelandic teams. Iceland, a country with a population of 330,000 people. They have one professional league player in their team and half the year they cannot play football and then we have England. The richest group of footballers managed by the highest salaried manager. Every two years we go through the same motion of analysing and dissecting the reasons.

So instead of looking at the downside let’s concentrate on the feel good stories that emerge from these sporting events. Today just like Iceland beat the mighty English, one young tennis player, who had almost given up hope at the age of 25 and was about to give up the game, decided to give it another go after his girlfriend persuaded him to do so. His name is Marcus Willis and till today his winnings from playing tournaments amounted to a measly £220. He was ranked 772 and had to go through 3 pre qualifying and 3 qualifying games where he beat players who were ranked 500 places above him to get a chance to play in the Championships. So today he beat Ricardas Berankis ranked 54, in the opening game of Wimbledon and that too in straight sets earning him a sum of £50,000. The chances of him progressing further is pretty small as he faces Roger Federer next, but it is stories like this that makes these games all the more special and enjoyable.

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