Alexandra Willis

“Tennis should be safe. That it should be humane should not even be up for discussion.”

By Alexandra Willis in Melbourne "Does Wimbledon have an extreme heat policy?" It was a perfectly innocent question. But if you've ever been to Wimbledon, you will understand why it was an amusing one. Rain delays, rather than heat delays, are a fact of SW19 life. The skies darken, the clouds let rip, the court coverers hurry on, the players grab rackets and bags and hurry off, and the umpire announces that play is suspended. You sit around gloomily clutching cups of tea. Lather, rinse, repeat. And so, rather than an extreme heat policy, Wimbledon has a wet weather policy, which is largely (boringly...


Is the idea of NFL finally taking off across the Atlantic?

ALEXANDRA WILLIS is a multimedia sports journalist who flits between Wimbledon, SportingIntelligence, the TennisSpace and a few other outlets, while tweeting copiously and trying to improve her (terrible) backhand in her spare time. Follow @alex_willis on twitter On first viewing, American Football is pretty baffling. It looks very much like a lot of helmeted people running around crashing into each other. Each passage of play takes place at a hurtlingly-intense speed, but only for a few minutes at a time, stop-start, stop-start, the clock halting for injuries, timeouts, commercials, and cheerleaders at odd and inopportune moments. Try figuring out what's going on from the commentary, and you'll...


Indian Wells: the gift that keeps on giving

  * ALEXANDRA WILLIS is a multimedia tennis journalist who flits between Wimbledon, SportingIntelligence, the TennisSpace and a few other outlets, while tweeting copiously and trying to improve her (terrible) backhand in her spare time.    “If I were to go to a tennis tournament, it would be Indian Wells. No question.” That statement was not uttered by an employee of Desert Champions LLC, the company which owns and runs the 10-day hard court tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It wasn’t anyone employed by Larry Ellison, one of the most popular benefactors in tennis, whose seemingly limitless chequebook has turned Indian Wells from the brink of a...