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28 March 2017 13:44 (South Africa)
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2017 Australian Open: Some romantic relief from our alt-reality

  • Styli Charalambous
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    Styli Charalambous

    With a high-school prize for best supporting actor in a one-act play and as captain of the chess team, Charalambous qualified to join the esteemed ranks of the Daily Maverick opinionistas.

    He now resides in Cape Town, working in media and irritating the old guard of the South African rugby with some liberal thinking. 

Photo: Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland celebrates winning against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the finals of the Men’s Singles at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 January 2017. EPA/TRACEY NEARM
Photo: Ghana players celebrate a victory during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon quarterfinal football match between DR Congo and Ghana at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 29 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Afcon 2017: The quarterfinals that were and the semi-finals that are to come

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: South Africans celebrate with the Cup after the win over Fiji in the final, Day 2, World Rugby Sevens series, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday, 29 January, 2017. Copyright photo: www.photosport.nz

Sevens’ seven talking points: Blitzboks triumph at the World Series in Wellington

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Seabelo Senatla (Daily Maverick Chronicle)

HANDS DOWN: Seabelo Senatla, The Wizard from Welkom

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Marwan Mohsen of Egypt battles for the ball with Jonathan Mensah of Ghana during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Afcon quarterfinals: Everything you need to know about the weekend’s fixtures

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: AB De Villiers of South Africa during the 2017 International T20 Series game between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 25 January 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky / BackpagePix

Cricket: Five talking points from South Africa’s T20 series defeat against Sri Lanka

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Rachid Alioui of Morocco celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: January 24 – Defending champions Ivory Coast bow out

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Nyasha Mushekwi of Zimbabwe (l) challenged by Syam Habib Youssef of Tunisia (r) during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Zimbabwe and Tunisia at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 23 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: January 23 – Senegal, Tunisia progress, Group C promises thrilling final day

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Evouna Malick of Gabon (R) challenged by Nicolas Nkoulou of Cameroon during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Gabon at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 22 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Afcon weekend that was: January 20-22 – Anti-dictatorship protest continues, Gabon crash out

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Senegal players celebrate Henri Saivet (number 22) goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: 19 January – Senegal first to qualify for quarters, Ghana horses around

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Christian Bassogog of Cameroon (l) tackled by Mamadu Cande of Guinea Bissau during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Guinea Bissau at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 18 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix.

The AFCON day that was: 18 January – Cameroon ruin Guinea-Bissau’s fairy tale

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Frank Acheampong of Ghana evades challenge from Moses Oloya of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

The Afcon day that was: January 17 – Never Ghana let you down

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: DR Congo fans during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between DR Congo and Morocco at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 16 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The AFCON day that was: January 16 – DRC top group C, cash bonuses flown in for Uganda

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Hamdi Maguez of Tunisia challenges Sadio Mane of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The AFCON day that was: January 14-15 – breathless football and kitasrophes

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Hashim Amla of South Africa during the International Test Series 2016/17 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on the 14 January 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

Cricket: Five talking points after South Africa’s whitewash over Sri Lanka

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A file picture dated 18 March 2016 of FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a press conference at the FIFA Headquarters ‘Home of FIFA’ in Zurich, Switzerland. The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 teams after the FIFA Council on 10 January 2017 unanimously voted to expand the competition. EPA/WALTER BIERI

Onside/Offside: Fifa-fi-fo-fum, human kindness in the FA Cup and more

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Hashim Amla of South Africa receives award for his 100th Test cricket match during the International Test Series 2016/17 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 12 January 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Cricket: Ton-up Hash scripts fairy-tale century as South Africa take control at the Wanderers

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Christopher Katongo of Zambia poses with the 2012 AFCON trophy during the Africa Cup of Nations Final between Zambia and Ivory Coast in Libreville, Gabon, 12 February 2012. EPA/STR 

Africa Cup of Nations 2017: An Afcon preview for dummies

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Kyle Abbott of South Africa retires from international cricket during Day 4 of the Sunfoil Test Series, 2nd Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 5 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: Kolpakalypse Now

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Kagiso Rabada of South Africa celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka during Day 2 of the Sunfoil Test Series, 2nd Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 3 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Cricket: Triumph in Kolpak adversity could define the Proteas’ character

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Kyle Abbott of South Africa retires fro international cricket during Day 4 of the Sunfoil Test Series, 2nd Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 5 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Much ado Abbott nothing: Substantial Kolpak signings concerning, but not surprising

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Springboks official team picture during the 2016 The Castle Lager Rugby Championship Team Photo Kashmir Resturant at Umhlanga South Africa on 07 October 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Op-Ed: A 2017 Springbok Wish List

By Daniel Gallan
Photo: Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa after winning the men’s 400m final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. Van Niekerk set a new World Record time of 43.03 seconds. EPA/LUKAS COCH

2016 Sports Person of the Year: Wayde van Niekerk

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Branco du Preez of South Africa scores a try during day 2 of the 2016/17 HSBC Cape Town Sevens rugby match between South Africa and New Zealand at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 11 December 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

World Series Sevens: Blitzboks run out of razzle-dazzle, but still look the complete package

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Springbok Coach Allister Coetzee during the 2016 Springbok Press Conference at Montecasino on 23 October 2016 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

What it means to ‘Lose the Dressing Room’: Mutiny and Mayhem behind the Scenes

By Daniel Gallan
Photo: Allister Coetzee, coach of South Africa during the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa Team Announcement at Kashmir Restaurant, Umhlanga, South Africa on 06 October 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Paper Round: The trials and tribulations of Allister Coetzee, redux

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Justin Geduld of South Africa (r) and Cheslin Kolbe (l) during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Sevens Rugby Bronze Medal match between South Africa and Japan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 11 August 2016 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Rugby: Four things the Blitzboks can teach the embattled Springboks

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers of South Africa during the 2016 T20 Team Announcement at the SuperSport Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 10, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Onside/Offside: Fancy Bears strike again, best PSL goal celebration ever and more

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Aerios CEO, Costas Constantinou.

Rugby: Western Province Rugby Union accused of ‘widespread misconduct’ and using a legal loophole to obtain liquidation

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Supporters of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense gather at the Arena Conda Arena in Chapeco, Brazil, 29 November 2016, to perform a vigil in honour of the victims of the plane crash in La Union, department of Antioquia, Colombia. According to reports, 75 people died when an aircraft crashed late on 28 November 2016 with 81 people on board, including players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense. The plane crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is as yet unknown. Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin’s Atletico Nacional on 30 November 2016. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

Brazilian football’s response to Chapecoense tragedy offers ray of light in a dark world

By Antoinette Muller