Neil Harman

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Neil Harman
Born (1957-04-09) 9 April 1957 (age 62)
OccupationJournalist; author
Known forThe Times tennis correspondent Wimbledon Annual writer

Neil Harman (born 9 April 1957) is the former chief tennis correspondent for The Times. Earlier in his career, Harman was football and tennis correspondent for the Daily Mail and tennis correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph.



Harman started his career in journalism at the Evening Echo (Southend) and later worked for the Birmingham Evening Mail. In 2002, Harman was appointed chief tennis correspondent for The Times.[1] In 2007, he became the first tennis journalist to be awarded the Sports Journalists' Association's "Sports News Reporter of the Year" award.[2] Harman was also the recipient of the ATP's Ron Bookman Award for Media Excellence in 2005 and is a past chairman of the Lawn Tennis Writers' Association and a former president of the International Tennis Writers Association.[3]

Harman has also written for, the tennis coaching website of Roger Rasheed, Paul Annacone, Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill.[4]

Harman coined the term "Spice Boys" in a Daily Mail piece published in March 1997 to describe a group of high-profile footballers playing for Liverpool F.C. in the mid-to-late 1990s.[5]


Since 2004, Harman has written the Wimbledon Annual: the official publication of the Grand Slam tournament.[6] Harman co-wrote the Davis Cup The Year in Tennis publication until 2006.

In 1999, Harman published an account of the rivalry between Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski over the preceding year. With David Beckham, and wrote Beckham's official biography.[7] Harman has also written Court Confidential, an 'insider' account of the tennis world, published in 2013. Neil also assisted Andy Murray in the publication of his biography Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory.


In July 2014, it was revealed that Harman had extensively plagiarised material for the official Wimbledon yearbook, which he had written since 2004, in the editions of 2011 through to 2013. He was asked to step down from the role in early 2014.[8] Ben Rothenberg of the online Slate magazine identified dozens of apparent examples of plagiarism.[8][9]

Harman admitted the allegation and subsequently resigned from the International Tennis Writers Association.[10] Harman was suspended from The Times in late July 2014.[11]


  1. ^ "Neil Harman -".
  2. ^ "2007 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards «  Sports Journalists' Association".
  3. ^ International Tennis Writers Association: Member Services
  4. ^ "Neil Harman". Pro Tennis Coach.
  5. ^ Smyth, Rob (22 October 2015). "Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool: the Class of 92, Spice Boys and Cantona's return". Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Official Wimbledon 2012 Annual on sales now". AELTC. 28 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014.
  7. ^ "David Beckham : my story". Worldcat.
  8. ^ a b Rothenberg, Ben (23 July 2014). "Unforced Errors". Slate. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  9. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (24 July 2014). "More Unforced Errors". Slate. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman admits to extensive plagiarism". The Daily Telegraph. 24 Jul 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ Greenslade, Roy (25 July 2014). "Neil Harman suspended by the Times over plagiarism". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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