This week marked the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
One of the highlights of any British sporting summer. It has been a good Championship in the main for British hopes. The loss of Andy Murray in the second round, his earliest ever Wimbledon exit was a blow.
As was the defeat of Emma Raducanu, the current US Open champion and number 10 seed, in the second round.
However other players have stepped up. Katie Boulter is up against Harmony Tan, who defeated Serena Williams in the first round on court 2 today.
Whilst Liam Broady will face off against Australian Alex de Minaur on court one in their third-round clash.
Both Heather Watson and Cameron Corrie have already booked their places in the fourth round for the first time. Showing that British tennis is in good health.
The positive British news is in stark contrast to the bad news that Wimbledon was going to lose its ranking points, with Naomi Osaka comparing it to an exhibition.
She has not competed, putting this down to injury. A few Covid absentees aside, the world tennis stars have descended on SW19 in force.
An exhibition is a stretch given that Wimbledon is still one of the four Grand Slams, with all the history and prestige that goes with it. It also carries the not inconsequential prize money fund of £40.35 million.
With the stakes so high, as they are in so many professional sports, you will often see an edge to proceedings.
Players looking to gain any small advantage they can, whether that is diving in football, enthusiastic appealing in cricket or extended comfort breaks at the Tennis.
Each one pushing at the boundaries of what is acceptable, perhaps not by the letter of the law but by the spirit.
It was thus comforting to see an admirable show of restraint and good sportsmanship by Carlos Alcaraz in his match against Oscar Otte.
The Spanish fifth seed was competing against his German opponent when the linesman incorrectly called Alcaraz’s shot out.
The chair umpire overruled the line judge and called it in. The convention is then to replay the point. Otte had continued to play the point and managed to hit the ball into the open court and would have won the point had the line judge correctly stayed silent.
Alcaraz understood that and so handed the point to his opponent.
In a show of good karma for his act of kindness, Alcaraz went on to win the match in straight sets.
6-3, 6-1,6-2 and so advances to the fourth round, where he will face Jannik Sinner the Italian 10th seed in what should be a close contest, played in the right spirit.