Tennis

“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...


Murrayball: how to gatecrash tennis’s golden era and become a Wimbledon contender

. Andy Murray’s obsession with self-improvement has propelled him from promising Scottish kid to one of the best tennis players in the world. In Hugh MacDonald's long-form essay 'Murrayball: how to gatecrash the golden era', we learn about his commitment to ‘marginal gains’, which is the process by which an athlete makes small improvements in many different areas to close the gap on rivals. Via diet, fitness, psychology, coaching, we learn how Murray stops at nothing to extract the most from his awesome natural talent. Here is an extract from MacDonald's 90-minute short, available to buy in full here for your Kindle for...


Fixing, doping, whistle-blowing: secrets that tennis prefers not to discuss

By Nick Harris 24 June 2013 As tennis's most prestigious grass court tournament begins at Wimbledon today, the presence of one particular American qualifier in the men's singles draw highlights the sport's deeply complex relationship with match-fixing, doping and whistle-blowing. Wayne Odesnik, 27, is the world No107 and has previously been ranked inside the world's top 100. An extensive investigation by Sportingintelligence has unearthed extraordinary new information about how Odesnik did a deal to allow him to return early from a drugs conviction and after being investigated for involvement in a suspicious match at Wimbledon. The findings raise serious questions over the lack of transparency...