English to English discusses tennis…
- Martin Pengelly
Time – immemorial, at that – was, the US was very, very good at tennis and the UK was very, very bad. When I was growing up, the US had McEnroe and Connors and Evert and it appropriated Lendl and Navratilova. And I had an Ivan Lendl adidas tennis shirt that I treasured like Aztec gold. And then the US had Agassi and Sampras and Serena and Venus. In the UK, meanwhile, we had Jeremy Bates and Jo Durie and rain and Sue Barker and Cliff Richard (together or not, depending on whether you want that image burned on your retinas forever).
And then we had Tim Henman and his fist pumping, Daily Mail-fuelled near-missery. About which… the less said.