For British fans, given the World Cup results, Andy Murray's crash out of Wimbledon, and the minimal numbers of British champs selected for the Tour line up, this has turned out to be the 'anti-year' in British sport, the opposite of 2012.
We are at the half way point of the Summer of Sport and after so much promise, the first half has been exciting but with some very poor results... We are now entering the second week of Wimbledon and as always the quality of the tennis in the first week hasn't disappointed... However, for me the highlight of this second half will be the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the month.
People who have emotional fitness can effectively handle the pressure of competition. Let's take Tennis as an example seeing as Wimbledon is all consuming at the moment. People with emotional fitness can bounce back from missed shots, double faults and lost tie-breakers. They don't sweat the small stuff.
Set in the beautiful surroundings at The Hurlingham Club (which is an exclusive sports and social club based in Fulham. (So exclusive the waiting list for off peak membership currently stands at 20 years and nepotism reigns here as children of current members are give preference when vacancies arise!). Lords, actresses, politicians and royalty make up its VVVIP list.
When you hear the words 'Wimbledon Final', it's hard not to relive the day last July when Andy Murray became the first British man to win the coveted trophy in 77 years. The nation rejoiced in patriotism that our first real contender had finally put us out of our misery of mediocrity.
That it made headlines when Murray was quoted as simply 'considering' a female coach is indicative of the widely held perception (not just in tennis) that women are in some way unqualified to coach men. Men, and male-dominated governing bodies, perceive coaching to be a man's world, a man's role, in the same way that men in board rooms purportedly tend to appoint men, because they fulfil a preconceived notion of what 'power' and 'leadership' look like. By appointing Mauresmo, Murray has certainly gone some way to dispel what is nothing more than a misconception.
Up-and-coming Milos Raonic has big hopes for this year's Wimbledon. He recently became the first Canadian to reach the top 10, and, a few weeks also became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open Era, after beating home player Gilles Simon, in a bruising five sets, and Spaniard Marcel Granollers.
The appointment of Amélie Mauresmo as Andy Murray's new coach shook the sporting and tennis community. Objections include the fact women are not al...
To end malaria we need a commitment from a generation of people to see it through. We at Malaria No More UK will work tirelessly to achieve our aim but I'm also making a call out to you. How do we persuade every day people, business leaders and policy-makers to see this through? To end deaths from malaria - and to end malaria - in our generation.
Piers Morgan has come under fire from the American Gun Lobbyists. His shoot from the hip style has earned him critics from people who think arming school teachers is a sane and rational policy.
There was some good news last week as the government has announced it will significantly increase its support for the Global Fund over the next three years - subject to other countries following its lead. The UK is doing sterling work to champion the fight against three of the world's biggest, preventable killer diseases - Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This support will enable hundreds of millions of lives to be transformed and help give families, communities and entire countries the chance to thrive and reach their potential.
I am fully expecting the most difficult 'empty chair moments' to be those in the future when I will sit and watch our boys participating in events such as their Christmas nativity plays, their graduations, or on their wedding days. I have every confidence that one of my many supporters will be there to sit next to me, but it should be the boys' daddy who is there to watch and be proud of them, alongside me.
I know that there are friends who would have done their utmost to come to our aid, but ultimately they all have families to attend to, and places to be. Dunc's unconditional love for all three of us is irreplaceable and its loss immeasurable.
Right now, Wayne Rooney is possibly the leading light of spectacular self interest and PR misjudgement that seems to run through Premiership football at present.
If we lose Elizabeth Fry from our five pound note, we are left with the Queen as our only female representative. Are we really unable to find a single historical female figure worthy of being commemorated? Maybe we just can't collectively remember women that have done great deeds. That certainly seems to have been the trouble in sport this month.
July 2013 is most likely to go down in history as the month the heir to the throne was born (it can't be that much longer, can it?), but this week delivered plenty of other reasons to pop the champagne corks. Whether it was England's cricketers keeping the Aussies in check at Lords, the glorious weather continuing to toast the country from top to toe, or the historical moment when gay marriage finally became legal, cracking a smile hasn't been difficult these past seven days.