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SIMON BRIGGS

LTWA Chair

1. Who were your sporting idols growing up?
Ian Botham and Graham Gooch - cricket was my first sport.

 

2. What has been your best sporting achievement?

Winning the Magdalen College School 800m, mainly because it was held at the same Iffley Road track where Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.


3. What was your route into tennis journalism?

I was a rock critic and then a cricket writer. In 2010, the Telegraph had a reshuffle and I landed up in tennis. 


4. What was the best advice you were given along the way?

Always shake the tree. Maybe nothing falls out, but at least you tried.


5. What is your best scoop to date?

Andre Agassi coming back to the game as a coach.


6. Who are your favourite players - past and present? 

Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu: they're both different and fun and I hope they have a long and fascinating rivalry. From the past, it's hard to look past John McEnroe, although Pat Rafter was also a lovely stylist.

 

7. If you could watch one match between two players in their prime from different eras who would they be and who do you think would win?

Rod Laver v Roger Federer. If it was played with wooden rackets, it would be a hard one to call.


8. Which rule would you most like to change in tennis and why?

I think some of the code violation rules could be relaxed - racket abuse, for instance - to help players release and reveal their emotions more.


9. What do you see as the biggest issue facing pro tennis and how could that be resolved?

Lack of unified governance. The sport needs a smart commissioner and a top-down model but it's hard to see it ever happening.

 

10. Which other sport(s) do you particularly like to watch / play?
Watching: cricket and rugby. Playing: I got into tennis after I started writing about it. Reporting on it made me itchy to get on court. Which never happened with cricket, for some reason.