Sporting Life

Picture of Osaka and Gauff tells an important, endearing story

Hang it in your local stadium. Pin it up in school halls. Place it on your child's study table. Make it your laptop wallpaper. As pictures go, this one is worth a thousand copies.

The picture is like a gift to sport and yet it has transcended sport, Instagrammed by Hollywood actresses and tweeted by politicians, for everyone recognises decency. In a ruder world, especially, which prizes one-upmanship, nothing grips us like grace.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2019, with the headline 'Picture of Osaka and Gauff tells an important, endearing story'. Print Edition | Subscribe