England's team to face South Africa in the first Test on Saturday should encourage junior club players everywhere.
It took a while for Andrew Strauss to focus on the Test, not just because it is a "dead" game; in fact it feels more like a drowned one, so bad is the forecast for Thursday.
The view in Paris – and probably further abroad – is that David Ferrer will be too tough for Andy Murray when they meet in the quarter-finals of the French Open on Wednesday.
Wonder piled upon superlatives piled upon euphoria as Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour winner's circle on Sunday aided by one of the more lauded shots of his career.
It was a day of one mild shock and much awe.