Just when I was learning to deal with the mad combination of beer, elephants and electricity it seems that history has repeated itself with Aussies playing the part of the pachyderms and tennis replacing volts:
Full-strength beer could go the way of the now- eliminated public betting shop by 2009, as desperate Australian Open officials try to curb a run of violence at the Grand Slam event. Substituting low-alcohol brew for full-strength beer with is one of the options on the table after Tuesday's ugly incident, in which police gassed a group of rowdy Greek spectators in a mid-match confrontation at the Margaret Court arena.Brilliant. Because no Australia will think to order a second beer to make sure the desired effect is obtained. Maybe organizers would fare better if they did not start the matches when bar hopping is at full throttle: "the Hewitt-Baghdatis match had begun at 11.49pm - the latest start and finish in Open history." Happily, then, it's really all about the global viewing ratings so instead of blaming beer we can blame TV.