Wimbledon

Murray shouldn’t have relied on injury-prone Raducanu

13 July 2024 9:00 am

Talk about raging against the dying of the light: Andy Murray and President Biden both. Murray because he is no…

The sheer drudgery of professional tennis

15 June 2024 9:00 am

The most surprising thing about Conor Niland’s bruising account of his tennis career is that he emerges with his sanity intact

I sledged Steve Smith for England

29 July 2023 9:00 am

In this summer of sporting dramas, every patriotic sports fan likes to think he’s done his bit to help. I…

High life

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Now that Wimbledon is over, a few thoughts about youthful brains showing traces of horse tranquillisers, angel dust and cannabis,…

The Oprah-fication of Wimbledon

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Now that the weakest Wimbledon since 1973 – the year of the boycott – is over, a few thoughts about…

A very classy thriller indeed: C4's The Undeclared War reviewed

2 July 2022 9:00 am

The Undeclared War has many of the traditional signifiers of a classy thriller: the assiduous letter-by-letter captioning of every location;…

Can we talk about Emma Raducanu's Christianity?

16 September 2021 4:36 pm

I’ve just been looking at photographs of Emma Raducanu again, this time focusing on her upper chest. She usually wears…

The dying art of sports commentary

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Wimbledon is here at last, after its absence in 2020. What struck me watching the French Open on television a…

In defence of Naomi Osaka

2 June 2021 12:03 am

‘Kawaisou’ or ‘wagamama’ (poor thing or spoiled brat)? That’s the question Japanese tennis fans have been asking ever since world number…

The science of tennis grunts

5 September 2020 9:00 am

How grunting helps players win

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…

The true winner of this World Cup? Russia

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Like most people with any taste, I like the odd vodka, I love Crime and Punishment, I enjoy Turgenev and…

A Wimbledon-themed tea has little to do with tennis, but I loved it: Claridges reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Claridge’s is a toff sanctuary and one of the best hotels on earth. It specialises in its own myth, which…

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

No balls

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…

Rog apart, Wimbledon 2017 was a disgrace

22 July 2017 9:00 am

For obvious reasons this column always welcomes ‘King Roger Rules The World’ headlines on the back pages. And the front…

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…

Game changers

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Have you been cheering for the excellent Johanna Konta at Wimbledon? Go, Jo! Or should that be Go, Yo? Johanna…

‘Tennis’, 1930, by Eric Ravilious

Match made in heaven

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…

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

Always the Superbrat

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…

A crime novel so incompetent it might have been written by a child

25 July 2015 9:00 am

First, a quote from the novel under review. The context: it is a flashback scene of the behaviour of a…

Ancient and Modern: Juvenal and Cicero on whether grunting has a place in sport

18 July 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it was to watch the men’s final at Wimbledon contested with a minimum of grunting, exclaiming and…

Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

27 June 2015 9:00 am

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why sport and sham morality go so well together

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Portrait of the week

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, ordered a review, taking perhaps ten weeks, by Peter Wanless, the head of the…