Former pro John Alexander elected to Australian Parliament:

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  1. MAXXply

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    Former World No. 8 and Aussie Davis Cup-winning stalwart John Alexander has been elected to the Australian parliament in the recent - and yet to be decided - federal election. Think Eliot Teltscher being elected to U.S Congress, or Buster Mottram elected to Westminster (perhaps not...)

    Some local viewers may rejoice in seeing the back of JA's polarising commentary style on the Oz Open TV coverage while others will miss his softly-spoken wit and analysis which became an essential counterpart to balance out Jim Courier's intrusive verbiage.

    Standby for the tennis puns to come thick and fast in the course of his political career.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/election/john-alexander-has-aced-maxine-maxine/story-fn5zm695-1225908332198
     
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    One of the biggest servers ever. He was a solid all around player, but, his serve was poetry in motion. I saw him beat Stan Smith in the QF a WCT event, only to lose to Dick Stockton in the SF. Unfortunately, I expect Mr. Alexander's political views to be in support of the corporatocracy.
     
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    Bigger than Tanner or Dibley back in the day? I wasn't aware of his potent serve and I'll try and checkout that aspect of his game.
    JA's political stripes are indeed with the establishment; was there any inkling of this - or any sort of politicism - shown by JA back in the nascent days of the Pro Tour?
     
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    He was in his prime between Dibley but before Tanner. His serve was right there with theirs. He was a big guy, with a big service motion. His highest ATP ranking was 8. Back in the early/mid 70's, I doubt even he knew where his own political bent lay. But, he's a old school WASP. No surprise he'd turn out to be a conservative politician, even if his party calls itself liberal.
     
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    The LPA is the version of the Conservative party or the Republican party in Australia.Basically,s ettled up in the big cities while the National Country party, is their counterpart in the farming areas.Both, along time national coalition that has dominated australian politics during most of the years.
     
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