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Super Saturday and Sunday in the summer of sport

Published July 15, 2019

Super Saturday and Sunday in the summer of sport

What a weekend of sport that was! I’ll admit my focus was pretty much exclusively on Wimbledon, but it was hard to miss the fact we were doing well in the cricket, and there were a handful of motorsport events to also catch the eye. But the tennis held me in thrall for the full weekend. I’m not a huge fan of the men’s game anymore, it’s too whippy and too long, but I couldn’t help getting invested in the Federer/Djokovic rematch.

Super grass

Published June 20, 2019

Super grass

Feeling a little the worse for wear from our weekend at two music concerts, we decided the ideal remedy was to head to the Edgbaston Priory Club for a spot of tennis. It’s the second year in a row we’ve attended the event, and was just as good this time round. There’s a nice relaxed feeling at Edgbaston, in fact when you walk in it feels more like a summer fete, with lots of kids with racquets running around and the smells of barbecue wafting in the air.

Tennis but not as you know it

Published February 19, 2019

Tennis but not as you know it

A couple of weeks ago, BTSport’s tennis coverage switched to the latest rounds of the Fed Cup - the self-styled World Cup of tennis wherein players team up according to their country and battle it out to win the tournament and be best across the globe. The British team were playing on British soil for the first time in several years, and were doing pretty well, so it was some constant and slightly one-sided broadcasts that we watched but even so, it was brilliant!

A former champion or a past champion?

Published July 21, 2012

A former champion or a past champion?

At the beginning of the month, when I was catching up with the Radio 5Live Wimbledon podcasts, I was intrigued by this snippet of conversation between John McEnroe and Pat Cash. McEnroe was hosting one of those 606 listener call in specials, but Cash had to share a sudden irritation of his that wasn’t in relation to any question in particular. Pat: Something that annoys me a little bit, people calling you former Wimbledon champion, or something.

Tennis girl

Published March 30, 2011

Tennis girl

This is a piece I submitted for my journalism course. The brief was to write 250 words about a news item, in a general opinion piece style. The girl behind one of the UK’s most iconic images has revealed herself to the world… again. You may not have heard of Fiona Walker but you’ve likely seen the poster of her – walking away on a tennis court, skirt hitched up to reveal a cheeky glimpse of what lies beneath.

Our worst year ever, I'm still watching

Published June 23, 2010

Our worst year ever, I'm still watching

As a change of pace to all the football talk, here’s a post about Wimbledon! It seems it’s become an annual thing for me to summarise all the ways I’m trying to keep up with the best tennis tournament around. In 2008, I talked a little about the live commentaries, whilst in 2009 it was all podcasts and apps. This year, I’m going to do more of the same, as the list of ways and means keeps growing!

Thoughts on Hawk-Eye

Published June 27, 2009

Thoughts on Hawk-Eye

The Hawk-Eye technology to record a tennis ball’s movements and then review controversial line calls has been around for a while, and been included within the rules since 2006. The Wimbledon Championships are on right now, and we quite often see the players calling for a challenge on a call. Personally, I find the challenges a little bit disruptive. The player has to request it, we have to wait for the footage to be prepared, and then we have the audience “ooooh” as the result is displayed.

How to keep up with Wimbledon

Published June 23, 2009

How to keep up with Wimbledon

This year, there are more ways than ever to keep up with what’s happening at the hallowed tennis grounds, and I am grateful because each year I get more and more scatterbrained. I extolled the virtues of the BBC’s coverage last year, and there’s more of the same going on for the next two weeks. From what I can tell, we can enjoy: The Wimbledon live blog, giving updates from all over the competition High profile live match updates - including video, and game by game commentary Tennis programmes on the iPlayer, including a couple of matches each day in their entirety, plus the usual Today at Wimbledon fare.

Davis Cup and European athletics schedules

Published March 4, 2009

Davis Cup and European athletics schedules

The Beeb have announced the schedules for two Sporting events, both starting on the 6th March. The Davis Cup sees Britain take on the Ukraine in Scotland, with the tie shown on BBC2 at midday. On Saturday, coverage moves to BBC1 starting at 1pm, and back to BBC2 at midday on Sunday. Sue Barker is set to present, with Greg Rusedski, Andrew Castle and Jonathan Overend in the commentary box.

Last week in June, first week in July

Published June 27, 2008

Last week in June, first week in July

Wimbledon is always on at the same time every year, and yet this year, it completely slipped my mind. At one stage in my life, it was the sport I followed. Much easier than F1, as it only spanned two weeks of the year. I even created a massive wall chart to follow the progress of players throughout one of the championships. It was gaudy, but I liked it. This year I have very little time to consume anything tennis related, especially as it’s the same time as Silverstone testing and the British GP.