There are two bottles of mineral water, one sparkling, the other still, lined up on the table in front of Andy Murray as we settle down to talk in the excruciatingly posh Hurlingham Club, on the banks of the Thames near Fulham, after his final workout before Wimbledon.
There are many perils for a ballboy or ballgirl at Wimbledon but the risks of being smacked in the head by a 140mph serve or bulldozed by a player this week are far outweighed by the prestige of playing a key role at the Championships.
Roger Federer is like Neil Young's Hurricane.
As he flexes his muscles for Wimbledon, Andy Murray again finds himself alone at the summit of British tennis, a summer pastime trapped in an endless winter of dashed expectations.
Tradition demands that Royal Ascot should maintain some composure at all times but the sangfroid slipped on Thursday afternoon as the Queen became the first reigning monarch in the 207-year history of the Gold Cup to win the Royal meeting's most famous race.
Jason Robinson is one of a handful of rugby players looked upon with reverence and respect across both the Rugby League and Rugby Union communities.
While Tiger Woods crashes hard in yet another major, Phil Mickelson takes aim at his first US Open. But don’t count out Luke Donald and Justin Rose.
You are unlikely to open your newspaper any time soon to find Nicola Adams, whose beaming face came to symbolise the delight of a nation let loose in the London 2012 sweet shop better than any other, complaining about the pressures of fame.
The former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer has upped the ante for bad feeling on the Lions tour by describing the tourists as "cheats".
The Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has said he would have come out earlier if he’d had more time to become comfortable with his sexuality.
After waiting four years to fight, it was all over in 36 minutes that ranged between dull and dramatic, and, when it was done, Carl Frampton left Manchester with his own IBF super-bantamweight belt and the WBA title of his brave but outclassed rival, Scott Quigg.
Carl Frampton is favourite to beat Scott Quigg this weekend, and here are three things that the Northern Irishman can use to his advantage.