Lance Tingay was a known tennis writer and considered as one of the most influential writers of his time. He was born on July 15, 1915 in London, United Kingdom. Although he was never a tennis player, it was his love for the game as well as having a passion of following the game that made him a well known tennis writer.
Aside from being the top of a rather huge group of tennis writers from Britain during his time, Tingay was at the courtside covering games for half a century, present during its evolution from being an amateur sport to the professional era it is today. He was helpful, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable with his job. In addition, he was known to have never failed to lend a hand to his colleagues whenever they were in need.
In 1932, Tingay covered his first Wimbledon tournament. Through the years, he was able to create great articles on tennis and the tournaments. He became a correspondent for “The Daily Telegraph” from 1950 to 1980, writing solely on tennis, and was known for his thorough, informative, and well delivered articles about the updates in the world of tennis. He was able to travel all over the world just to cover tournaments and games, and be in the courtside of almost all the games.
Tingay was remembered for his good humored charm even when he was writing on his typewriter, running after a deadline. His extensive knowledge and knack for delivering a very informative piece made Tingay the leading tennis historian. His well known books include “History of Lawn Tennis in Pictures,” “Royalty and Lawn Tennis,” and “One Hundred Years of Wimbledon.” In addition to his books, he was also a writer for numerous other tennis yearbooks and publications.
Lance Tingay was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, and lived long enough to see himself inducted. Tingay passed away on March 10, 1990 in London, United Kingdom.