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BETTING ODDITIES: You Cannot Be Serious

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.


You cannot be serious.

Pampered and entitled tennis stars complaining that it is TOO COLD to play tennis in Paris.

Forget the fact that organisers have moved heaven and earth to get the tournament on at all in this pandemic engulfed year and that they are STILL competing for an astonishing โ‚ฌ38,000,000 in prize money.

Victoria Azarenka outrageously walked off court on Sunday after a debate with officials over the temperature.

She whinged: “I’m not waiting here a couple of minutes because I am cold, it’s eight degrees. I live in Florida, I am used to hot weather.”

This is the same Azarenka that pocketed $1,500,000 earlier this month for finishing runner-up in New York.

Ah diddums.

$1,500,000 buys you plenty of warm clothing – you know, base layers, leggings and all that paraphernalia.


I’ve heard it said on several occasions that racing is ‘lucky’ to have the sport televised on terrestrial TV.

Nonsense. I think this highlights an inherent lack of confidence in the sport and self-belief.

It’s not lucky. ITV are a commercial organisation and are not philanthropic towards racing.

They televise the sport because ITV Racing have demonstrated that they can return good ratings, which are on the rise, through their hard work. If not, the sport would be out on its ear for an alternative that was better value. It’s a commercial world.

It’s a weakness to talk about being lucky, let’s have a bit more confidence in the sport and be in the driving seat.


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DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist.ย His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.

Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.

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