In praise of Jelena Dokic
Many children have to deal with abusive, unhinged fathers. Not many so publicly as Jelena Dokic had to endure during her tennis playing days. Great to read that she has come through it, has her life on track, and is now part of the commentary team for the Australian Open.
John Rawson, Mernda
Like for like
Please Nine, could we just have female commentators for the women’s tennis matches? On the whole, female commentators know the women’s game better and, more to the point, appreciate the women’s game more. I have yet to hear a woman commentate on one of the men’s games. There are many women to choose from, including Jelena Dokic, Sam Smith, Casey Dellacqua, Rennae Stubbs and Alicia Molik to name just a few.
Pam Parnell, Footscray
The beauty of Back Roads
It is wonderful to have Heather Ewart’s Back Roads over the summer period. I agree with Craig Mathieson: “It’s yet another show that those who vilify the ABC conveniently forget exists.” [Green Guide, 18/12] The episode on the preserved gold-rush town of Clunes was a delight, with newcomers who have introduced old crafts, such as hand-crafting leather shoes and knitting socks. There was a vibrant community spirit shown, with people donating their time to look after the not so well-off and the lonely. Thank you, ABC, for continuing this heartwarming program.
Susan Munday, Bentleigh East
A little respect goes a long way
I wonder if SBS can adhere to their policy of giving advance warning that they are about to show vision of a deceased Indigenous person? In promoting an upcoming show on Gurrumul they are not doing this. Being respectful does not end with their news broadcast.
David Fry, Moonee Ponds