I grew up watching Wimbledon and it would always coincide with the start of my summer holidays. I think, largely because of that, I've always had a soft spot for the sport. It's only been the past few years that I've really tried to follow the tour throughout the year, but my love for the sport has grown the more I learn about it. I was recently talking with my friend, and fantastic writer/journalist, Alex Macpherson - who is much more knowledgable than I am about tennis - and we tried to devise a way for us to collaborate on something tennis related.
This piece for Vox is the result. A 29 panel look at tennis in 2016. Vox don't cover sport so the we tried to reign ourselves in from the more obscure stories and keep the summary as news-focused as possible.
I really hope we get more opportunities to work together on tennis comics as I had so much fun drawing this. I want to draw an entire comic about Serena Williams. And one about all the up and comers. I also hope I can do some tennis illustrations in the future too. Basically, more drawing about tennis!
Here's a sneak peek at the piece - the whole thing can be read here. Huge thanks to AD Javier Zarracina for all his help on the piece.
Other tennis related things I've been enjoying: The collection of David Foster Wallace essays about tennis - String Theory - is a delight, Alex invited me along to the Roehampton Wimbledon Qualifiers a couple of weeks ago - which I didn't realise was free to attend - and it was brilliant - loads of new faces and exciting stories, I'm currently reading Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon which is very interesting, I subscribed to this lovely looking tennis magazine - Racquet, and the Serena documentary on the BBC was great. I've also ordered a couple of ESPN 30 For 30 docs - one about Navratilova and Evert's rivalry, and one about Jimmy Connors. Speaking of 30 For 30 - have you been watching the OJ: Made In America doc? It's great right? Seek it out if you haven't!