Today in poor decisions: Andy Murray, down match point at the Dubai Championships, went for this comically risky drop shot against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Roger Federer had a bad day. In his three-set loss to Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships, he blew three match points in the second set, was up 5-2 in the third, somehow let Donskoy tie the set at six games apiece, was up 5-1 in the tiebreak, and then he lost.
I remember him sitting up on the deck of the supply truck, smoking and watching the rest of the X-Raid crew work on the two Dakar-winning Minis assembled out here in the dunes outside Dubai.
This exact X-Raid Mini All4 Racing won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally. It might be the most capable vehicle on the planet. And I got it stuck in the desert outside of Dubai.
John Daly is in New Delhi for the Avantha Masters that will take place later this week. Over the weekend, he played at the Omega Dubai Classic, where he placed 37th. According to his Twitter timeline, the trip's been quite the adventure. Here's a sampling:
"'I am emotional, this is my nature. I've always been like this as a player and coach. Sometimes I feel like I'm a player of Al Wasl. The sign was a message from my grandson and daughters in Manchester and Argentina and it means they support me in whatever I do. I apologise to the fan I hurt but I wanted the banner…
"Diego Maradona has enjoyed his first victory as coach of UAE side Al Wasl, a day after telling fans to stay at home and watch a DVD if they found it too stressful to follow his team.
Al Wasl's goals in a 3-0 win against promoted Emirates in the second round of matches in the Etisalat Cup came from Argentina's…
Do you still smell the big stink that was raised when Israeli WTA player Shahar Pe'er was denied entry to Dubai? Well, everyone in the Middle East is happy again!
Over the last decade, Dubai has become a popular destination for international sports looking to add a warm winter tour stop, but that might change thanks to the whole Middle East in turmoil thing.