April is a keen tennis player and sports journalist and has contributed to several newspapers including the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. She follows international tennis and would like to share her unique experiences, intimate stories and player interviews while covering events. These will include the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, Wimbledon and The Masters.

As a keen tennis player April has been a member of the famous Queen’s Club in West London since 1980, and plays at least twice a week.

This is where many of the top players practise, in particular during ATP Barclay’s Championships at the 02 in November.

April is the Social Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and each year organises  the LTWA’s Annual Awards lunch for over 200 members and guests held each year at the All England Club.  She is also a member of the Sports Journalists’ Association.

Interviews

April Tod interviewing the former Mrs CashApril has interviewed countless people in the tennis world – not just the players themselves but also other people involved in the sport.

 

Lawn Tennis Writers Association

LTWA Newsletter February 2012

LWTA Newsletter 8

What a start to the 2012 season! First one of the most memorable Australian Opens of recent times and then a hugely encouraging week for GB’s Fed Cup team in Israel. Here’s to the GB Davis Cup team taking inspiration from that and performing as well …

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Published articles

Tennis Siciliana – Tennishead – October 2016

With former pros on hand offering instruction, Verdura Resort now offers its guests serious tennis as well as five-star luxury
It was one of those warm sunny days that Sicily is famous for; perfect weather for a tennis lesson on the clay courts at the Verdura Resort’s newly inaugurated Tennis Academy. This is where new director of tennis, Karel Novacek, a former US Open semi-finalist, is overseeing a series of group tennis lessons. On court several players are perfecting their forehands and backhands from balls fed by a team of tennis professionals. Balls are flying all over the place.
Not only was I was here to play tennis but also to meet up with Karel for a chat about the academy, but as soon as he noticed my tennis racket, he suggested a quick ‘hit’ – an offer I could hardly refuse. In no time he had me hitting endless balls and running from one side of the court to the other. After several minutes of intense action I felt sufficiently warmed up to hit a few booming forehands; all were returned fast and furious. At least I managed to sustain a few lengthy rallies but to my relief Karel called time, and we retired to the small but adequate clubhouse for our promised chat.
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Wimbledon’s winner to pocket nearly £2million!

Did you know that this year’s winners at Wimbledon will walk off with a jackpot £1.8 million cheque each for winning the men’s and ladies’ singles titles?

What a difference that is to the old days when you were lucky to get a £20 voucher to spend at the bar and a pat on the back!

That’s what former Australian star Fred Stolle, now 77, got when tennis was still an amateur sport sport in the 1960’s when he was runner up three times at Wimbledon in the 1960’s.

How things have changed even since Bjorn Borg won his first Wimbledon title in 1976 at the age of 20 when he walked away with a cheque to the value of £12,500.

This year first round losers will receive a whopping £30,000, not to mention their daily allowances of over £200.

Over the past forty-five years the game has changed radically, going more and more commercialised and money orientated.

Andy Murray: I’m coming to get you

Andy Murray threw down the Wimbledon gauntlet by warning defending champion Novak Djokovic: ‘I’m coming to get you.‘

Murray Mania will erupt as the 28-year-old carries the pride of Britain with him on to his favourite Centre Court next week.

The rampant Scot is in the form of his life and has not lost to anyone other than ace rival Djokovic since February.

So he could not be better prepared for a tilt at a third Grand Slam title in front of his noisy and adoring fans.

Seven adrenalin-charged straight wins are what Murray needs to regain the men’s singles crown he won in 2013 by beating Djokovic when he famously ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a winner.

And he’s being backed to go all the way by former British Number one Andrew Castle. The 51-year-old BBC lead tennis presenter said:”It feels like he is ready for a fantastic achievement- he’s playing his best tennis ever.”

Paradise Island – Tennishead – September 2013

If you fancy some tennis in the Caribbean then why not head off to idyllic Curtain Bluff? …

""Yellow balls were relentlessly flying, alternating fast and furious from backhand to forehand. Standing the obligatory couple of feet from the net, I anticipated each oncoming ball with as much concentration as I could muster. Feeding me from 40 feet away was none other than the former US Open champion and BBC analyst during Wimbledon, Tracy Austin, looking icecool in the morning heat as she fed me as consistently and as accurately as a ball machine. With each drill came loud and clear instructions.

“Use your feet more, step into the volley,” she commanded. And when I hit what I considered a perfect volley, she responded, “Good April, and here’s another!” Balls continued crisscrossing the net and with only six others in my group there was little time to relax between individual drills. Without as much as a gulp of ice cold water I was soon summonsed back on court to repeat the same drill.

Fortunately, the one thing in my favour was all this was taking place on the idyllic island of Antigua, at the resort of Curtain Bluff, famous for its many week-long tennis clinics. This particular week we were privileged to be listening to the wisdom of Tracy and two other instructors, Australian Open champion Johan Kriek and Taylor Dent, son of Australian pro Phil Dent – all keen to put us through our paces, demonstrate how to execute perfect shots and keep us on our toes during the daily four-hour clinics.

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