tennis

Coco Gauff won fair and square, but she played terrible tennis

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Martina Navratilova has never been shy about telling it like it is. She came out when other athletes were hiding…

What the new generation of tennis players could learn from Rocket Rod Laver

13 July 2019 9:00 am

A chum was in Waitrose a year or two back, and was bending down with some difficulty to look at…

Boris is the only one who can save the Tories

15 June 2019 9:00 am

A lady once offered to go to bed with me if I could ensure that she would write The Spectator’s…

Roger Federer during his fourth round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 Australian Credit: photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images

My hero Roger Federer

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Asked how he was feeling as he was about to give a speech to a ladies group, Mark Twain, looking…

The white DJ: permissible only in Palm Beach, Biarritz or on the Riviera

My faux pas at the Duke of Beaufort’s bash

15 September 2018 9:00 am

A letter from a reader in South Africa mentions that the writer’s father insisted a white dinner jacket was permissible…

Why suburban ladies really play tennis

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Because my mother is always telling me everything will be all right if I join a tennis club, I’ve joined…

Toby Young: I’ve been unmanned by a tennis brute in bright pink

27 January 2018 9:00 am

As regular readers will know, Caroline has developed a fanatical interest in tennis and is currently captain of the ladies…

Mix and match: Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes

It will amply satisfy all your comeuppance needs: Battle of the Sexes reviewed

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Battle of the Sexes recreates the famed, culture-changing 1973 tennis match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed chauvinist, and 29-year-old…

The rivals: Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe

It gets us from A to B but doesn’t dazzle: Borg vs McEnroe reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Borg vs McEnroe is a dramatised account of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time — between Bjorn…

My wife’s revenge has me at break point

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Fifteen years ago, when I was The Spectator’s drama critic, Caroline used to complain that she had become a ‘theatre…

McEnroe serving in a mixed doubles match with Steffi Graf at Wimbledon, 1999

John McEnroe’s book too far

8 July 2017 9:00 am

John McEnroe’s father calls. In fact, he calls McEnroe’s manager’s phone, presumably because dad doesn’t have a direct line to…

‘Tennis’, 1930, by Eric Ravilious

How artists from Ravilious to Rauschenberg fell for tennis

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Tennis is best played with a wooden racket on a shady lawn somewhere close to Dorking. There is no need…

Andy Murray's ace – and we need to support him

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s time for all tennis fans to get behind Murray

Tennis’s golden generation is showing the first signs of metal fatigue

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Not a bad week for Roger Federer then: first pootling along being cool and rich in a morning suit at…

Trust Anthony Joshua to revive the glory and glamour of heavyweight boxing

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Every so often comes a moment that can set the history of sport on a different trajectory. I believe we…

Why Teen Vogue should stick to lip gloss

1 April 2017 9:00 am

 Gstaad It’s my last week in the Alps, and the snow is gone, replaced by brilliant sunshine. Silence reigns, broken…

In praise of the one-handed backhand

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The graceful one-handed backhand is vanishing from tennis

We need another Eisenhower to bring an end to the madness in the Middle East

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Sixty years ago this week all hell broke loose: Soviet tanks rumbled into Budapest and put down a nationalist uprising…

Jamie Murray talks doubles victories and his delight at being an uncle

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Jamie Murray tells Sian Phillips about sticking with sport, doubles victories and his delight at being an uncle

Why isn’t arse quality included in the judging for the diving? The Rio Olympics reviewed

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Stuff I have learnt after two solid weeks watching the Olympics on TV. 1. Tennis and golf shouldn’t be Olympic…

The content was clearly a secondary consideration: Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Pop idol turned top boffin Brian Cox doesn’t shy away from the big issues. With programmes such as Wonders of…

The tricks Fred Perry played to stay one-up at Wimbledon

9 July 2016 9:00 am

What a well-behaved Wimbledon. Apart from a bit of racket-smashing (most of the ladies), low-level swearing (Nick Kyrgios), tantrums (Kyrgios),…

Andy Murray and the endless pain of being second-best

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The boys at Radio 5, bless ’em, are now including the EU referendum as part of their sports trailers. As…

Why I won’t be watching Wimbledon

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Write about things you really know was the advice Papa Hemingway offered wannabe writers, so here goes: the French Open…

Hearing that 60 is the new 40 makes me want to punch the nearest octagenarian

7 May 2016 9:00 am

   New York I went downtown to Katz’s the other day and had a pastrami sandwich that made me want…