While the media blather on about Queen's, in Birmingham defending women's Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and a host of other female tennis stars are playing in the DFS classic at the Edgbaston Priory Club. Not a lot of people know that Lawn Tennis was invented in Birmingham when in 1859 Major Thomas Henry Gem, a solicitor, beat his friend Batista Pereira, a Spanish merchant in a game they called 'pelota', which is Spanish for ball. Later, Batista helped form the first tennis club in nearby Leamington Spa.
The People's Republic believes it is time that tennis returned home. It's time to swap SW19 for B15. Wimbledon's already lost it's football club to Milton Keynes due to lack of support. With the support of a real crowd, instead of the strawberry-and-cream guzzling ponces that populate south London every summer, Tim might eventually win.
A beer and a balti will put some fire in his belly.