When the overlapping sporting and punting circles of Melbourne began buzzing about an Australian tennis legend who’d taken a punt on Nick Kyrgios profitable Wimbledon, again when the Canberra-born unhealthy boy was paying $30, we instantly considered Frank Sedgman.
The previous Wimbledon champ, whose triumphs in SW19 got here 70 years in the past this yr – he additionally received the lads’s doubles and blended doubles crowns on the 1952 event – was invited by the All England Membership to London to commemorate his distinctive feat however has opted to mark the event on the Kooyong Membership as a substitute.
Sedgman describes himself as “not an enormous punter” however he does co-own a racehorse with Melbourne businessman and shut good friend Gerry Ryan.
When requested if he was the thriller punter behind the Kyrgios wager, the 94-year-old would neither verify nor deny, telling CBD he didn’t “need everybody to know my enterprise”.
However he doesn’t thoughts the world understanding of his admiration for Kyrgios the participant.
“He can undoubtedly win it,” Sedgman stated. “He’s bought all of the photographs and one of the best serve within the enterprise.”
Malley again and uncancelled
It’s been 5 years since CPA Australia sacked chief government Alex Malley, who walked away with a good-looking $4.9 million payout after months of ructions among the many accounting affiliation’s board, and widespread anger at his penchant for bare self-promotion.
Now Malley’s again – actually, kicking off a brand new gig as chief government of the Australian Chiropractors Affiliation (ACA).
Maybe the again scratchers have quick recollections. Malley’s ousting adopted revelations the organisation had spent $6 million price of members’ cash plugging the boss’s guide, The Bare CEO (together with on a Occasions Sq. billboard) and his Sunday morning tv present In Dialog With Alex Malley. That was on prime of the $1 million a yr spent attempting to make Malley a social media influencer on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Revelations Malley was on a wage of $1.79 million a yr poured extra gas on the bonfire of anger amongst CPA’s membership, and helped speed up his demise – he was lastly fired after board administrators had rushed for the exits.
However all that’s clearly prior to now for Malley. Reflecting on his unceremonious defenestration from the CPA, he was oddly sanguine, describing that nine-year tenure as a “implausible interval,” the place the organisation “actually revolutionised the best way folks noticed us,” in a video interview with ACA president David Cahill.
He had fewer heat phrases for the journalists who helped tear down his tried cult of celeb.
“As can occur in Australia, by means of the method of being profitable, notably within the media, that attracted the ire of a selected phase of the media,” he stated.
“It was in all probability the primary cancel tradition instance that we’ve seen on this nation.”
Proof, if ever, that there’s hope for the cancelled but.
The Guardian cluster
CBD introduced phrase final week that the Guardian Australia was loosening its tight purse strings to fly workers to Sydney for a particular ninth birthday bash.
By all accounts, the evening was a smashing success. However then COVID got here spherical for kick-ons – inflicting a superspreader occasion that’s left at the very least 10 Guardianistas stricken.
We hear the famously COVID-cautious media organisation took nice efforts to scale back the unfold, holding a semi-outdoor occasion at Resort Harbour View within the Rocks – no straightforward activity given Sydney’s latest vile latest climate. We want everybody a speedy restoration.
It’s time once more
Gough Whitlam’s again within the ministerial wing. Minister for Defence Business and for the Pacific Pat Conroy has positioned an enormous picture portrait of the Labor icon within the entrance entrance to his workplace.
Conroy had first hung the portrait, which is by an unknown artist and a part of the Parliament Home artwork assortment, in his workplace in Opposition days – although not fairly so prominently. However its place of prominence will go away nobody in any doubt about the place the loyalties of the Labor left warrior lie.
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