The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 7 –John McEnroe 84

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This installment of “The Greatest: The Men And Women Who Made Tennis” is a twofer, or two for the price of one, as it not only looks at statistically the single greatest season in tennis history – John McEnroe’s remarkable 1984 campaign – but at the best visual record of that season, Julien Faraut’s superb […] READ MORE


Brits Battle Shows UK Men’s Tennis Finally Has Some Depth

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Britain’s National Tennis Centre at Roehampton in south-west London may be no substitute for Wimbledon, but once upon a time a “Battle of the Brits” in men’s tennis could have been held in a phone-box or newspaper kiosk, such was the lack of contenders for the title. Indeed, for many decades (roughly between the mid-1970s […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 6 – Pete Sampras

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As the Coronavirus crisis continues to prevent any elite professional tennis from being played, one of the few ways in which tennis lovers can indulge their obsession is to stage imaginary tennis matches in their mind, pitting the greatest champions of the past against the greatest contemporary players. In particular, fans of men’s tennis might […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 5 – Mike Davies

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Mike Davies might just be the most important figure in tennis history who even tennis fans have never heard of. That is because he wasn’t one of the sport’s great champions, or even one of its greatest broadcasters or writers. Instead, he was an administrator, but he was not just any old administrator. Indeed, he […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 4 – Althea Gibson

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Althea Gibson’s story may just be the greatest in the history of tennis. Even today, more than 60 years on from her last Grand Slam triumph, the tale of how a poor black girl from Harlem overcame heinous racism to triumph on the finest tennis courts of New York, London and Paris is so powerful […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No. 3 – Björn Borg

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Björn Borg was the man who made tennis sexy. In the second half of the 1970s, he generated the kind of obsessive fan behaviour, even mania, that tennis had never really seen before. That was not only because of his domination of the men’s game, especially on the utterly contrasting surfaces of Roland Garros and […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No.2 – Suzanne Lenglen

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In the second part of our new series, The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis, Martin Keady, our resident tennis historian, looks back at the life of the woman who first popularised women’s tennis – Suzanne Lenglen. There are two women of whom it can be truly said that they changed tennis history. […] READ MORE


The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. No.1 – Bill Tilden

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In the absence of any professional tennis anywhere until at least June, we at LWOT have been turning to the past for inspiration – and content.  Consequently, in a new series, our resident tennis historian, Martin Keady, looks at The Greatest: The Men and Women Who Made Tennis. He begins with a man who is […] READ MORE


Djokovic The Escapologist Can Achieve The Grand Slam In 2020

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“Djokovic” and “Escapologist” don’t quite rhyme, but they are close enough metrically to suggest that in time the great Serb might just acquire a new nickname to go with “The Rubber Man”, the monicker that is a testament to both his freakish physical flexibility and his ability to bounce back from even the most difficult […] READ MORE


Dan Evans Proves He Really Is Britain’s Current No.1

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It was late last year when Dan Evans was first asked what it felt like to be Britain’s No.1 male tennis player, having replaced Kyle Edmund as the highest-ranked British man in the ATP rankings. With typical candour, Evans replied, “I don’t look at myself as British number one. I think Andy [Murray] is British […] READ MORE