Andre Agassi

Ode to Andre: An essay, which grew out of a review of Andre Agassi’s Autobiography, ‘Open’. I first saw Andre Agassi play live at the French Open, in 1987. I was keen on becoming a tennis coach in those days, and I already knew about Andre. So when I saw he was scheduled to play […]

Jimmy Connors

I thought tennis was a game for pampered wimps, until the day I saw Jimmy Connors play, on a school trip to a local tennis tournament. With a mile-high chip on his shoulder, and groundstrokes to thump the opposition with, Jimbo left an indelible impression on my cocky, working class sensibilities and pretty much changed […]

Monica Seles

Few players have hit tennis balls with as much relish as Monica Seles. Unlike many who have traipsed the tennis circuit, I never gave a thought to what Seles might’ve achieved, had someone NOT handed her a tennis racket in childhood. Like many truly great players, Monica Seles was primarily the product of her father […]

Gabriela Sabatini

On the main stadium courts at tennis tournaments, everything is staged and everyone is clambering for the same shots (and these days independent photographers would struggle to even get a credential… agencies are the new cartels). But sometimes you are gifted pictures out of the blue. I don’t think the tournament proper had started and […]