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Around The Grounds Book

Tennis dominance, Rafael and Serena


When those images of Rafael Nadal holding the French Open trophy came through on Monday morning, they felt as familiar as any of the famous landmarks of Paris. Nadal’s dominance of Roland Garros has been complete it underpins a strong argument that he might be the greatest modern tennis champion of all time. Surely his opponents, who stand with the…

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Anyone for REAL tennis?


In Around the Grounds there is a passage or two about my interest and participation in the game of Real Tennis. What is Real Tennis you ask? Let me help you with an explanation. Real Tennis is the original racquet game with a history that goes as far back as mediaeval times, it is the template for the far better…

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Love him or hate him, but Kyrgios is the real deal


At the Australian Open I really enjoy the TV shots of players as they walk along the champion’s tunnel on their way on to centre court. The names from bygone days are on there, winners like Roscoe Tanner, Brian Teacher, Johann Kriek and Guillermo Vilas. My kind of players from my kind of era when grass courts inside fabled stadia,…

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