Here we go again then with the RvP saga.
Crunch talks are to take place this week over the contract saga and they are reported to be over the telephone!
RvP is on holiday so face to face talks are out of the question but what is the likelihood of anything being solved over the phone, unless of course it’s a simple yes or no following previous talks?
But, we all know that The Daily Mail have a hotline to Arsene Wenger so that story must be true.
As for the Juventus offering £8 Million for our captain, PHW has strenuously denied the story.
As far as I am aware nobody has made any offer for him and he is away so we are not in any dialogue at all.
We’re not in the remotest bit interested in selling him.
Would PHW actually be aware of much going on at the club these days? I don’t know..
Many websites reported yesterday that Joel Campbell will be heading out on loan again, this time to Real Betis. Surely if RvP was going, we’d need this young man in the squad?
Oh well, something a bit different now:-
Tennis is and always has been one of my favourite sports and this particular fortnight in the games calendar has in the past kept me sat indoors watching every minute I could.
Times have changed though as it has in so many other sports, the real characters in the game have disappeared, the McEnroe, Năstase , Vilas, Chris Evert, Billie Jean, Martina, LeConte, Borg, Connors – the list in endless.
Tennis players have to train long and hard to stay in contention of competing at what is considered to be the best tournaments in the calendar year. Those, known as the ‘Slams’ are the ones which pay out the best prize money and this years Wimbledon prize money for the winner is:
£1,150,000 to the Mens Champion & £1,100,000 to the Ladies Champion.
The two most highlighted big earners in the Premier League are reported to be Wayne Rooney and Yaya Toure, both earning £250,000 a week, yes, a week.
So, regardless of whether they are fit or not, training or not or playing or not, they both know that each and every week of their footballing life, they will be earning that £250,000.
Tennis players however, are a totally different ball game, excuse the pun!
If they aren’t fit, playing and winning, their income is zero!
Ok, they may earn finances from elsewhere, such as clothing endorsements and sponsorships alike, but footballers get that too, and on top of their astronomical salary.
Take a look a one guy in particular and that’s James Ward.
I have chosen him for two reasons.
1) He is British.
2) He’s a Gooner.
He’s currently the British number 2 player, behind Andy Murray. He is ranked 171 in the world of the game, whereas Murray is seeded 4th in this years Wimbledon tournament.
As far as I know, tennis is his only income – he dabbles around on the ATP circuit all year, winning the odd few thousand pounds here and there but it’s not enough to keep him living the life he wants too. In fact so much so he had to give up this coming seasons, season ticket for the club he loves because he knew he couldn’t justify spending so much money.
Little did he know that within just a few hours he would defeat Spaniard Pablo Andujar in five sets and secure £23,125.00
The following round he went out and unless he does well in another major tournament or win’s one of the so called lesser ones, that is the bulk of his salary for the year.
Of course, there are many of us who work twelve months for less than that one amount, but I’m talking sport here, not reality.
Compare that £24,000 to what footballers earn, or the £7 Million per annum which our own manager is reported to earn.
Tennis players train hard every day of the week, possibly harder than footballers, they have no-one else to rely on if they walk on the court on an off day either. No, it’s all down to one person, and that one is them alone, they won’t be ‘carried’ on matchday, unlike so many prima donnas who play in the Premier League!
Just look at a few of our own!
So just who will win Wimbledon?
If all goes to plan it will be Andy Murray, maybe he can replicate what Virginia Wade achieved in the Silver Jubilee year 1977 – and as much as I’m not keen on the guy after his England comments, he’s still a Brit and for that reason alone, I hope he lifts that nice shiny cup.
As for the £1,150,000 that goes with it, well Toure and Rooney would have earned nearly half of that in the two weeks that Wimbledon has been running – and all whilst they are sat on a beach, swimming with dolphins or something similar…
Not bad, eh?
Oh, and by the way – James Ward had to gruel it out for over three hours to pick up his earnings – not a mere 90 minutes and two days later, he was out on court again. He didn’t need 5/6 days off for a rest, unlike some footballers.
Moral of the story – even if you are good, don’t choose tennis if you can kick a football at a young age…..
Have a good day all…