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The Journal

The Castore Sporting Journal brings you behind the scenes insights into the world of elite sport. We seek out individuals and organisations who have demonstrated proven performance excellence over a sustained period and aim to understand what it is that gives them their edge.

If anyone doubted that elite tennis players – like champions in any sport – reside on a different planet, they had only to follow the weird plotline that accompanied the progress of Novak Djokovic on the way to his 13th grand slam title and fourth at Wimbledon. Surviving a fortnight...

Sam Warburton was reflecting at the start of last year on how long his career may have to run. He had turned 28 two months before and, while he wistfully thought of still playing at the age of 35, he conceded that his body, after 18 major injuries, would probably...

A letter from the founders When we launched Castore back in 2016, I don't think either of us would let ourselves think too far into the future. We certainly had our aspirations but we were very much focussed on day to day survival and grand visions seemed to get pushed...

They say a Green Jacket costs around $250, though no one who knows will confirm that. Money talks in Augusta, same as anywhere, but Augusta does not like to talk money. Certainly they are made in Cincinnati by the Hamilton Tailoring Co, from tropical wool, pantone 342, three buttons, double‑breasted...

Towards the end of Kyle Edmund’s breakout performance at the Australian Open, his coach Fredrik Rosengren was asked about his great leap forward. The British No 2’s improved serve and fitness had helped, the Swede acknowledged – but there was something else, too. “You have to believe you can do...

When England ram-raided the Australians in 2010-11, it was the home side’s lowest mark in a quarter of a century. The obliteration resulted in a full-scale review of the elite game in the country. “It reads like the school report of an idiot child,” opined Gideon Haigh of the finished...

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