As The 2017 Summer of Tennis takes off the first scandal has hit the papers. Two young Australian players are caught up in match fixing scandal.
It is another example of the modern world and all its trappings impacting something we hold dear – sport and integrity. I can’t help think there will be more to come along with further challenges to the publics mindset around young people and sport. It will be fascinating to watch how the Australian public cope with Nick Kyrgios this summer. He challenges our assumptions of what it means to be a young talented sportsperson with natural gifts. We have for years accepted the larrikins, in many cases celebrated them. Ian Chappell to Dane Swan. But this new breed of sports person who openly says they could take it or leave it and would prefer to play basketball will be a whole new challenge. I watch with interest as to how we react.