All Gaul is occupied by the Romans. All?

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Leading up to the French Open, the L'Equipe newspaper drew a funny parallel between the world of tennis and the superb Asterix comics by Goscinny and Uderzo. This fortnight, Roger Federer, blithe spirit of the beautiful game, will attempt to win the only major tournament that still eludes him. Simon Kuiper, while comparing the world number one to a Roman emperor in the Financial Times, quotes L'Equipe as saying:

One small village of indomitable Gauls still resists him.

Federer's struggle for ascendancy on the clay courts of Paris is reminiscent of the great Ivan Lendl's valiant, obsessive, but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to win Wimbledon. As a fan, one hopes that history does not repeat. Federer admits:

Roland Garros has become the great objective.


2 thoughts on “All Gaul is occupied by the Romans. All?”

  1. ;). I actually wanted Asterix to look at the ball and think “These Romans are crazy!”. Ideally, I would like Federer on the extreme left and Asterix on the extreme right. I tried to introduce white space from the WYSIWIG editor options, and the white space shows up correctly in the editor environment, but disappears on the blog. In any case, the difference in sizes and the positioning is quite intentional.

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