SI SPORT WEEK #2-2: Sport, beauty, and politics

Should the epithet of ‘the beautiful game’ go from football to tennis? Why is this even an important question? And what is the politics that hides behind the notion of ‘beauty’?

As our contributor, Usha Iyer, pointed out to me today, the issue at stake is that ‘the Federer and post-Federer era has produced tennis that is both elegant, and efficient; whereas football has become mired in corruption and hooliganism (and ultra-nationalists in, say, England and Serbia)’.

Listen to the podcast on the BBC here: Is tennis ‘the beautiful game’ ?


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