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Derek Laud

Derek Laud has written and commentated on tennis for more than ten years. He has written for two UK national flagship titles, The Mail on Sunday and Independent newspapers. In addition to writing about tennis, he is a well known British political commentator and appears regularly on TV and Radio.

Roger Federer was put out of the championships this time last year by Milos Raonic. The young Canadian who regularly serves in the 140mph range, started his opening game on centre in that vein. Federer...

I sat down to watch the Sam Querrey v Andy Murray match asking myself a rhetorical question. How is it that the United States has more players in the top 50 than any other country, but only one that has...

I was dreading today. I am an undisputed Williams fan. Serena and Venus in equal measure. I like Jelena Ostapenko too: small, feisty, bighitting and ludicrously self assured. You can never write her off....

She is the first British woman since Virginia Wade to make it into the semi finals of Wimbledon. Johanna Konta took the long route to the semis, but she did it and breaking the heart of her Romanian opponent...

There is never any doubt when Rafael Nadal is losing. The double time Wimbledon champion has a frown on his face and it started after Gilles Muller broke him in the first set. It was there in the second...

I hate the spectacle of nationalism in sport. I never cheer for that reason. I cheer on my favourites because they are supreme athletes and good people. That’s why I was secretly cheering on the...

To the chime of Big Ben at 1pm precisely, two WTA players walked out onto centre court to play for a place in the fourth round. Victoria Azarenka has been here many times before, but for the British number...

Madison Keys is often talked about as a rising star of American tennis, and from time to time today, one could see why. With a big serve and a fluid motion, Keys is a sight to behold. But, as is often...

It really isn’t easy being Venus Ebony Starr Williams these days. The 7 times grand slam champion was involved in a car incident in London’s Wimbledon just before the start of the Championships...

How many of you have ever heard of Dan Evans? He is 50 in the world rankings and the  British number 3. You will all know about him now. The sports pages are going to print and it will make for sensational...